M N Vogue vol 3

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shopafrolic Thu 18-Oct-12 22:09:57

A continuation of style chat for anyone wanting to talk fashion, new purchases etc.....

Hope you find your way back to us Dona!

MarshaBrady Thu 18-Oct-12 22:13:30

Woohoo! Well done Shop

I met a friend today for lunch at Harvey Nics of all places. Quite funny actually to see who turns up there. Some very made up women.

I had a quick look around and

This Isabel Marant leather skirt was really lovely. Very soft and luxurious, pic's not great.

Speaking of dramatic jewellery, wonder how heavy these are not that I could wear them.

shopafrolic Thu 18-Oct-12 22:17:48

The bar at HN always used to be highly amusing on a Friday night. Very ugly, very wealthy men and very young, very 'hungry' women!
Lovely skirt!
Am off into London on Sunday for my pre 40th haircut and colour to banish all signs of grey, and hope to fit in a bit of shopping while DH is babysitting. Still looking for that petrol blue knit......

MarshaBrady Thu 18-Oct-12 22:22:16

I bet!

Ah yes the petrol blue, let me think. Wonder if anywhere does that one and only one we found.

shopafrolic Thu 18-Oct-12 23:54:50

I've been lusting after that ever since. Even tried to track it down via relatives in Netherlands but no joy....

Hopefully Fri 19-Oct-12 06:42:30

Those earrings made me wince Marsha!

I am having a very shoe shaped week - am waiting on the arrival of two pairs of LKBennett courts and these Topshop boots. A much cheaper alternative to the ones I was drooling over on NAP.

shopafrolic Fri 19-Oct-12 08:33:50

Love the boots Hopefully - which courts are you going for? I'm so pleased with the ones I got on my shopping trip.

Hopefully Fri 19-Oct-12 09:00:10

A pair of purple sledge and a pair of nude Florete, but I am contemplating swapping for nude Lauren and purple florete - pointy toes are so much better on me than rounded.

I am waiting on my Goldsigns and an Alexander Wang vest. My uniform basically.

Am going to CL next week, and DVF sample sale. Could be expensive...

shopafrolic Fri 19-Oct-12 13:37:56

Hopefully I've got the darker taupe Florete - they are fabulous and the colour works with so many things. The sledge are stunning but I don't think I could handle the heel height anymore.

Hopefully Fri 19-Oct-12 16:43:24

Right. There are NO COATS. In the world. Not of the double breasted variety in a colour i like, anyway. I am turning to eBay.

Goldsigns arrived and are as amazing as I'd hoped.

hopefully did you try the jigsaw one I recommended?

Hopefully Fri 19-Oct-12 18:53:40

Amber there were none in Jigsaw in town, but am watching one on eBay that isn't up to very much £ at the moment.

MarshaBrady Fri 19-Oct-12 18:54:02

DVF sample sale sounds ace Amber.

Hopefully hmm a coat a coat.

Shop oh no, what was that label again? Do Selfridges or HN stock it.

I'm yet to try Goldsigns might have to..

shopafrolic Fri 19-Oct-12 23:43:16

Marsha it was Dagmar. Can't find any mainstream stockists.....perhaps I'm not googling well enough!

shopafrolic Fri 19-Oct-12 23:45:21
DonaAna Sat 20-Oct-12 10:17:43

Hi all - have been so busy, trying to catch up now, but may be in process of becoming a background lurker - very busy weeks ahead. Wonderful to see Vogue #3!

Have limited my time online just like Fritzi (are you still here): have produced record amounts of tomatoes, had great nights out (a rooftop concert overlooking Rome, a big, splashy art opening, two fab restaurant nights), read more books (quite liked NW by Zadie Smith)...

Italy has transitioned to wintertime, and winter clothes are always a bit boring to me (emphasis on comfort and warmth, not style). It's still warm during the day but chilly at night, and the houses are cooling down - we actually keep our A/C on reverse, as central heating only kicks in on Nov 1.

Today a less glamorous day. Slept in a bit, then cleared a blocked drain, subcribed to the digital NY Times (need regular doses of intelligent reading to keep the brain from rotting), removed a few grease stains and put my slightly stained oatmeal-color Celtic houseboots in the washer (the boots are must in Italy during the winter - marble and granite floor are ice cold).

The only remotely style-related news item from this front: the chain of my very rarely used Mulberry Lily from the summer sales broke. It's under 12-month warranty, they are organizing it to be repaired, but still feel that 1) will never get another Mulberry bag - it's ridiculously bad design and quality control that a metal chain of a tiny bag can break, ever - and 2) that "luxury" really has lost its luster. Not that Mulberry is luxury, exactly, but I'm tired of being duped to pay high prices for items that are marked up beyond all reason. <rant over>

Oh, and also have ordered a pair of made-to-measure tall black winter boots. Interesting to see how they turn out. If they are even remotely fine, they will solve a lot of wintertime outfit problems.

What are you all wearing today? I'm wearing a home uniform of skinnies, cotton tunic, cocktail ring, red lipstick and Havaianas - that I resort to tunics and skinnies might imply that I'm in dire need of some style chat wink

shopafrolic Sat 20-Oct-12 12:48:44

You found us Dona! Wonderful news!
First day of the shooting season for DH so he headed off in his tweed suit this morning looking very dapper. I am not so dapper in GAP skinnies, my Hudson tan ankle boots and my camel and black striped A&W knit. Love the knit but jeans are a lousy fit and probably need to go. I can't find a cheaper alternative to my 7FAM in terms of fit.
Totally agree re: Mulberry. My bags that bought from them 10 years ago are loading up so much better than more recent purchases.
Off to Kensington tomorrow for haircut and colour and then some shopping. The downside of DH shooting and me shopping is that we don't catch up as a family but if I don't get my hair done I'll look 50 on my 40th!!!

Hello all! I'm so glad the thread made it to a third edition smile.

I'm back from a week in the UK with DH and DD. Four days in London and three in the Cotswolds. Met some of our old friends and their families and had a brilliant time.

The thing that made me the most happiest was a big shop at M&S food department. Filled up our boot with Christmassy toilet paper, porridge, soda bread and Halloween tat grin and blush.

Also got the M&S stiletto heels in damson for £19 pounds. Love them!

Hope everyone is well. Will be indulging in some more duty-free champagne we bought on the ferry, mwah!

MarshaBrady Sat 20-Oct-12 18:57:45

Dona great to see you! You've been missed!

Fritzi woohoo you too, happy days smile. Sounds like a great holiday.

Shop I'm doing the hair cut this week too, the only thing that makes it less a chore is the magazines. Aveda isn't too bad, lighting is ok, and no loud brash music. It's not too bad I suppose.

We just got Mad Men Season 5 through the post. <very rock and roll for a Saturday night>

MarshaBrady Sat 20-Oct-12 19:05:18

I also saw a raspberry Céline in HN. And swooned big time.

But I can't really have an orange and a raspberry one...

shopafrolic Sat 20-Oct-12 19:50:51

Marsha I love love love getting my hair done. My hairdresser works on LFW so always has amazing gossip and there's always a skinny model or two to stare at. He's based on gloucester rd so lots of fascinating people come in, lots of embassy workers etc. Great for people watching! Lots of loud music but I agree, the chance to read a magazine or two in relative peace is fab!
Fritzi welcome back, your break sounds lovely. Where did you stay in the Cotswolds in the end?

MarshaBrady Sat 20-Oct-12 20:12:29

Sounds more exciting than my hairdressers Shop grin

shopafrolic Sat 20-Oct-12 20:15:06

Ha ha! It's only Toni & Guy but the MD Tim Fursedonn is amazing!

shopafrolic Sat 20-Oct-12 20:23:23
Hopefully Sun 21-Oct-12 15:54:44

I quite like going to the hairdresser - only time I get to sit down without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else!

I have just painted my nails royal purple. It is rather wonderful.

I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of an insanely expensive pair of leather leggings from NAP. Am not linking as am completely appalled at the cost, but I have saved up for ages for them. Hope they will be perfect.

I am on the hunt for a 'work' necklace (as in, I need to look vaguely business, but can still be quite edgy). I am liking this beetle one (posted a thread on it the other day), and also this one, but it is the wrong colour (needs to be not-black).

Had a good day today - donated £150 to charity and got some nice clothes in return! Charity fashion sales are great! Picked up an amazing pair of Cobra Society boots, a black Helmut Lang maxi with a long split, James Perse grey marl sweatshirt and dark grey T, cobalt LNA crossover top and a slinky black Kelly Bergin jersey dress. Also a few bits of makeup (YSL, Estee Lauder etc.) Priced at £1 a go! Oh and some v boring work trousers.

Definitely worth a trek to Camden!

shopafrolic Sun 21-Oct-12 20:05:42

Wow! Exciting purchases by all and the charity sale sounds amazing! Where do you find out about those amber?
Great time at the hairdressers, lots of tales from LFW and because I was there on a Sunday much less frenetic! I'm really pleased with my hair, dark brown with lighter pieces through it, super short with an asmmetric fringe. I got stopped twice in Harrodsburg and complimented so am feeling good!
Fought my way through Toy Kingdom and the Christmas room a Harrodsburg and picked up some nice bits in the beauty room. And wanted to thank Dona ( I think it was you who recommended Chanel lipsticks?). I've finally found my perfect red and it really lasts! Amazing. Happy Sunday everyone x

DonaAna Mon 22-Oct-12 09:02:27

Fritzi your holiday sounds beyond fab! (I'd love a short trip to the UK too - I always lug home tea by the bagful.) Damson sounds stunning...

I fly back home to get my hair done. I've been with the same person since I was 15. She's amazing. I've of course experimented with hairdressers in NYC and Brazil (never really getting from them what I wanted) but decided that she's simply the best and going back to her is worth it. Looking forward to a trim in two weeks...

Marsha I realized on Sat that there is a Celine shop and a Marni shop in Rome. They are a bit out of the way - hadn't noticed them before. I just love Marni. Cannot wear the wilder prints, but love the simpler pieces and accessories. Oh and Marsha we too are waiting for Season 5 - evenings are pitch dark now so on many nights we stay in and watch MM. (DH loves it.)

Days still very warm, both days during the weekend 28C. We took the car and had a little family outing yesterday, to Tivoli (the town on the hills near Rome), very enjoyable, everyone enjoying a pre-lunch stroll, parks and cafes busy. My favorite way to spend a Sunday.

My daughter has expressed interest in seeing the church crypt full of skull and bone decorations on Via Veneto - might take her there later this week.

I've been quite wise of late. No clothes purchases, ordered (but have not received yet) the boots.

Wearing a tunic, skinnies, and Uggs. <kick me out from here> Facing a busy work-week, focusing on getting things done. That said, MiH skinnies are made of the softest, loveliest denim imaginable. Wearing them is sheer tactile pleasure.

MarshaBrady Mon 22-Oct-12 09:04:56

Well done on the hair Shop and being stopped and complimented.

Amber great shopping! What are these charity sales ?

Hopefully looking forward to big try on.

Half term here. Are people on half term?

MarshaBrady Mon 22-Oct-12 09:07:29

Oh fabulous Dona! Would love to know what you think of Mad Men 5. I won't say anything yet. I still love Don Draper.

I agree about MiH denim, really comfortable.

I've got a friend at Vogue who gives me the heads up on these things. This was something called the Closet Den at Proud in Camden. Crazy scrum but some amazing stuff there (Isabel Marant leather trews, Charlotte Olympia heels, Acne jacket etc) the best thing is they blog all the stuff they have to sell, so I saw the Cobra Society boots and knew I wanted them. Ran straight to show section and snatched.

MarshaBrady Mon 22-Oct-12 09:40:41

That's excellent Amber. Swoon at the great stuff, love the boots you got too.

I'm adding 'friend at Vogue' to

'I sold it for more than I bought it' - eBay

Good things.

DonaAna Mon 22-Oct-12 09:59:22

ooh happy Shop that you found a good lipstick! I'm addicted to Coco Rouges (but Coco Rouge Shines are not worth their price to me) - have a dozen of them. Today I'm unusually muted in the pale pink "Gardenia".

Amber envious at your inside info and loving the quick snatch wink. Italians are not into 2nd hand / charity shopping at all. Well, cannot say I really miss that, but looking forward to traveling back North in about 10 days (will retrieve all of my winter stuff - including velvet blazer, fur stole, several coats, and rain boots).

Oh it wasn't second hand - new stuff, but all proceeds to charity.

Hopefully Mon 22-Oct-12 14:46:04

Sigh. Another pair of leather leggings fails. Not perfect. And for that amount of money, they really had to be. I suspect that the reality can never live up to the dream!

Hopefully Mon 22-Oct-12 14:48:05

In other news, I bought this ring and it is absolutely gorgeous, but a tiny bit too tight, and sold out in the bigger size. Do we think jewellers can make cocktail rings a bit bigger without knackering them? I suppose the answer is to find a jeweller and ask them.

MarshaBrady Mon 22-Oct-12 14:49:31

Love the drama of your recent buys Hopefully.

And I don't mean the legging hunt, but the style. Very dramatic.

Hopefully Mon 22-Oct-12 14:57:19

Thanks Marsha - I am loving embracing the Dramatic in me at the moment, seems fitting to head more down that route in A/W, I always end up more Natural in S/S.

Just wanted to extol the virtues of [[ http://m.zalando.co.uk/majestic-long-sleeved-top-blue-m3621d01b-504.html these tops]] for anyone looking for great basics - love them!

Theweek Mon 22-Oct-12 20:09:06

Sorry to butt in...
Amber - I had a few Majestic tops last yr from Style Passport and found they were quite short? I am not that tall in my opinion? Are the ones you have linked to generous length-wise??
Thanks in advance!
Please keep linking.... smile

Hmm, well I am a mighty 5'4 and mine are hip length I would say, which is fine for me, I am not a wearer of tunics <shudder>. They wash so so well, and feel delicious against the skin. I have honestly never been so excited about basic tops!

MarshaBrady Mon 22-Oct-12 20:20:40

Great tip Amber. I so need basics, keep getting side tracked. I have holes in some!

I love this look. The whole thing, but the skirt is so short.

This is the HL skirt I bought yesterday, only mine is black. Looks awesome with tights and boots

Marsha those boots in that pic are fab-u-lous!!

MarshaBrady Mon 22-Oct-12 20:31:03

Love that skirt Amber.

The oc boots would be great for you!, and new season hitting just in at Matches brings much joy. Means not long to sale time.

MarshaBrady Tue 23-Oct-12 08:18:28

Am about to spend stupid money on what is essentially a trim. I need good magazines (a given) but seemed to have attached myself to top stylist. But just need a small amount off.

Will relax, forget about it and read numerous mags.

Hopefully Tue 23-Oct-12 10:02:30

Lol Marsha. Console yourself that a cheap trim is just as bad as a cheap 'proper' cut. Enjoy the mags.

I am wearing new Toast felted biker jacket in chocolate. It is luvverly.

MarshaBrady Tue 23-Oct-12 10:26:32

I'm definitely holding on to that thought Hopefully!

Jacket looks great on you.

Am meeting friend in Mayfair first, while dh does an all day play date segueing into a sleep over. He is brave indeed.

May as well check out the Stells while I'm there.

shopafrolic We stayed at Cowley Manor. It is pure heaven!

marsha Enjoy your day!

bretonbee Tue 23-Oct-12 15:22:10

fritzi I was at Cowley manor this weekend!!! Coincidence! Isn't it lovely? Loved the pool and the beautiful grounds and the cocktails!

Back later with more updates smile

shopafrolic Tue 23-Oct-12 16:45:26

Sounds lovely Fritzi - glad you had such a lovely break.

MarshaBrady Tue 23-Oct-12 20:05:38

What a coincidence Breton and Fritzi! Sounds divine.

Had a really great day. Aveda (fortune, and tipped was extortionate but am happy with hair). Friend Mayfair, great chat. A quick glass of champagne with parents.

Tried on and fell in love with some Celine jumpers. Contemplating a Maje dress and skirt (not that short on). On way home.

bretonbee Just imagine we had met without knowing smile. I loved exploring the grounds with DD. Felt like a character straight out of Downton Abbey (despite wearing wellies).

At IKEA with DD this morning. The glamour...

mignonette Wed 24-Oct-12 11:55:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

shopafrolic Wed 24-Oct-12 13:12:35

Forgive my ignorance Mignonette but what is Eco leather?

mignonette Wed 24-Oct-12 13:44:39

Did i write Eco leather? I can only imagine it uses a tanning process that uses less harmful substances. Or hides from animals slaughtered also for meat?

shopafrolic Wed 24-Oct-12 14:00:53

You didn't write Eco leather but the Moschino is made of it......

mignonette Wed 24-Oct-12 14:08:20

God,I didn't see that! Thanks Shop...although shamefaced about not knowing...

Bonsoir Wed 24-Oct-12 17:23:19

Oh stylish ones I desperately need some help/encouragement! I've got 9 people coming to dinner tomorrow evening (so eleven of us altogether) and it's a vegetarian meal (not my choice, but guests dietary/religious preferences dictate). I've decided to go for a seasonal theme and so far I have:

- Spanish almonds and prosecco
- A soup of porcini and potatoes
- Truffle risotto
- Some excellent red wine that goes with mushroomy things
- Chocolate and pistachio cake
- A light lemon/ricotta cake

Now: what else should I serve with the almonds and prosecco - I can buy some really nice olives, but what else? I cannot cook anything and no meat (which pretty much rules out crisps and stuff).

And what salad course should I insert between the risotto and the desserts? Should I have a cheese course or is that too much? And should I add some kind of fruit (a salad or maybe just grapes - there are lots of gorgeous ones in the shops).

Yours in panic mode...

shopafrolic Wed 24-Oct-12 17:49:25

Does anyone know what Eco leather is? I'm genuinely curious! smile

On the dinner party front Bonsoir it sounds AMAZING! But I am so not the person to advise on cooking! The only meal I managed for that many people was Christmas dinner. Good luck though! Sorry not to be more help.........

shopafrolic Wed 24-Oct-12 17:58:34

Eco leather

Great bag and environmentally friendly Mignonette! Sorry to be so nosy but had never heard the term before

bonsoir I find vegetarian dinner parties very tough to cook for...

Homemade houmous and crudités to go with almonds and prosecco?

Could you do some nice lambs' lettuce with/after the risotto? Sprinkle some pomegranate seeds over à la Nigella for some colour? I had a wonderful fennel and pear salad (both shaved very thinly) at a restaurant a while ago. Think it was served with a lime/olive oil dressing - wonderful.

I always offer cheese/grapes or other fruit along dessert to choose from as hardly anyone eats both, but I am not a very experienced dinner party hostess. Have only ever cooked for people in an informal setting.

Or maybe serve some figs with the cheese. Love figs in autumn!

DonaAna Wed 24-Oct-12 19:00:35

I thought ecopelle = eco leather = pleather (learned this when I commissioned furniture)?

MarshaBrady Wed 24-Oct-12 19:12:05

That is all gorgeous and delicious Bonsoir. I really like Fritzi's suggestions. A salad could be something light and simple, have to admit I haven't done a dinner party for years however!

But sounds utterly divine. What will you wear?

Survived Legoland.

Hopefully Wed 24-Oct-12 19:14:57

Have not been in dinner party territory for years. We have two friends we don't know desperately well (but are nice) coming for dinner next month, am vaguely nervous! They are veggie too, but my menu will not be quite so adventurous...

Marsha 'survived legoland' made me grin. I think that's as good as you can hope for from legoland.

Need to exercise, can't be bothered. Urgh.

Bonsoir Wed 24-Oct-12 19:17:17

Thanks for the commiserations on the vegetarian issue, Fritzi! Your ideas are fab and I will think about them very hard! DP is going to be home soon and I want to run through the menu with him and give him a few options (he is very helpful as ex-restaurant trade).

Marsha - God knows what I'm going to wear! I'm so busy decorating the house that I haven't even thought about decorating me!

Well, I've got a lovely new pair of Louboutins!!

<murmurs> also a silk top and a pencil skirt from DVF but they are sample sale buys so we won't mention them...

MarshaBrady Wed 24-Oct-12 19:39:53

Ha I know Hopefully! It was quite a crowd.

Amber links!, which Louboutin? which sale things? Sounds great.

Bonsoir I imagine whatever it will be, it will be very elegant.

I really need some more elegant things in my wardrobe. Dresses, some more dresses for the evening.

MarshaBrady Wed 24-Oct-12 20:22:40


MarshaBrady Wed 24-Oct-12 20:24:34

Yep I love it all. The patent Louboutins are gorgeous and deserve a post all on their own.

shopafrolic Wed 24-Oct-12 20:35:11

Wow wow wow Amber!

Aubin & Wills sale has just started if anyone is interested

pickledsiblings Wed 24-Oct-12 21:04:30

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.

Big wave to the rest of you.

I have not yet serenaded them pickled, but I wouldn't rule it out.

Popcornia Wed 24-Oct-12 21:21:27

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. smile

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. grin

mignonette Wed 24-Oct-12 21:25:54

bag defn leather-

Bonsoir here's a link -http://www.all-about-leather.co.uk/what-is-leather/the-eco-leather-story.htm

I'd never heard of eco leather.

mignonette Wed 24-Oct-12 21:26:33
MarshaBrady Wed 24-Oct-12 21:26:53

Pop was wondering how it was going! Great to hear an update.

Great news on the red soles grin.

bretonbee Wed 24-Oct-12 21:48:01

I know Fritzi that would have been very funny.

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 grin. 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?

mignonette Wed 24-Oct-12 22:02:49

Breton Love that blue....

DonaAna Thu 25-Oct-12 13:04:30

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).

Wearing a tunic & skinnies wink

Bonsoir Thu 25-Oct-12 15:00:37

Thank you smile

All just about under control - just popping out to take DD to her music theory class and will pop to buy olives/bread/extra wine in between dropping and fetching. Table looks great smile

MarshaBrady Thu 25-Oct-12 15:14:58

Excellent Bonsoir

Breton congratulations on the job! Really good stuff.

I am looking today for a dress and trying to decide between understated elegant Lanvin or Lanvin sequins. Am torn. Back later!

MarshaBrady Thu 25-Oct-12 15:16:35

Sounds lovely Dona, mine are both black too.

DonaAna Thu 25-Oct-12 15:43:15

Gotta love Lanvin. Go Marsha!
Fingers crossed Bonsoir.
<exhausted> <brain exploding>

Bonsoir Thu 25-Oct-12 16:37:51

Ooh Marsha I'm envy envy envy at a Lanvin dress!

Popcornia Thu 25-Oct-12 20:15:55

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 envy 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.

mignonette Thu 25-Oct-12 22:17:21
Popcornia Thu 25-Oct-12 22:26:28

Brilliant site, mignonette!

mignonette Thu 25-Oct-12 22:26:54

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......

DonaAna Fri 26-Oct-12 07:26:02

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 wink
<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...

Links please Marsha!

Hopefully Fri 26-Oct-12 07:55:27

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 envy at your dress dilemma Marsha. Have you decided?

Am in knitwear crisis, not sure what I need, but definitely need some.

MarshaBrady Fri 26-Oct-12 14:10:54

Did one final check with dh this morning. Went for the understated and elegant Lanvin rather than sequins.

Very happy with it! Can't find the link, will take a shot later on and put on profile.

I really, really need knitwear too Hopefully.

Now I can relax about the parties coming up, ie what to wear to all of them (different crowds at each tg!), am going to start looking for something too.

Bonsoir Fri 26-Oct-12 14:12:56

Well done Marsha smile


MarshaBrady Fri 26-Oct-12 14:15:40

Thanks Bonsoir!

How was the wonderful dinner party?

Bonsoir Fri 26-Oct-12 14:21:37

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...

MarshaBrady Fri 26-Oct-12 14:30:06

It is tough mid-week! I had both lunch and dinner in restaurants yesterday. Which was crazy of course. The first lasted so long it practically merged into the second.

Great that it was a success. I'm mooching around too.

Bonsoir Fri 26-Oct-12 14:40:23

On the upside, the apartment is super tidy and super clean after mammoth efforts these last few days, with flowers, candles etc, and it's Autumn half-term tonight, so will be able to relax in peace. DD and I are on our own next week (DP is going to NY and the boys are with their mother) and I am looking forward to a girly time with our girlfriends!

mignonette Fri 26-Oct-12 14:44:12

Good afternoon everybody and hope you are all keeping warm.......I am wrapped up in a burgundy marl cardigan from Zadig & Voltaire (my husbands) with a ribbed thermal cream t shirt underneath, an old indigo cotton kilt/skirt from Topshop, ancient Frye boots in dark grey and fair isle cream tights from Ellle.

I love this sweater from Antoni & Alison -


Sorry for long link but don't know how to do the 'here' link thing (technological troglodyte, I am).

And this Pedro Lourenco kilt would be my dream buy as it's so expensive-


Glad to hear the Dinner party went well, Bonsoir

MarshaBrady Fri 26-Oct-12 15:14:01

Love the image of candles and flowers and Paris.

Mignonette do a space after pasting the web link and then type the words, so space then here. Then close brackets.

That skirt is really something isn't it!

mignonette Fri 26-Oct-12 15:19:23

Thank Marsha - I'm going to practice now and try not to laugh if this post ends in garbled typed nonsense because I truly am a techno trog. Just as well psychiatry is not dependent upon anything other than basic WP and databasing!

I love this Carven skirt too; a classic that will not date even though it is petrol blue-

so space then here

mignonette Fri 26-Oct-12 15:19:42


MarshaBrady Fri 26-Oct-12 15:27:35

That's it!

Yes that's lovely.

mignonette Fri 26-Oct-12 15:29:31

I also love this dress for Christmas although the heating will need to be turned up....It's a beautiful delicate golden shade-


These are my beloved Clarks Desert Boots I bought last winter and have managed to keep in good shape mainly because they aren't the easiest to co-ordinate clothing wise...here so any suggestions as to what else i can put them with other than narrow leg pants would be welcome.

And here 's another dream of a top by Christopher Kane- so elegant.

mignonette Fri 26-Oct-12 15:30:56

grin Did It! Thank you Marsha...

DonaAna Fri 26-Oct-12 15:39:50

Well done Bonsoir & Mig! Love the Carven in particular
I'm shattered, downloaded the new Tom Wolfe Miami novel on Kindle and am going to read it in bed tonight. Need something escapist... Rainy and gusty outside. DH & I were going to go out for lunch today but ended up eating ravioli in the kitchen.

I ordered a Frederic Malle candle as a treat for myself. 'Coffee Society' - the scent that lingers in the room after you stylish Parisian guests have left... Am thinking of skipping the having guests part altogether wink

Marsha, a Lanvin will be stunning anywhere!

DonaAna Fri 26-Oct-12 15:41:16

Oh I've been thinking about getting desert boots...

mignonette Fri 26-Oct-12 16:27:55

I adore Frederic Malle but after living in a heavily beamed tudor house for so many years I got out of the habit of candles inside although I have them hanging from trees and shrubs outside.

Have you seen this Malle product
here Dona? I've been reading several interviews with Tom Wolfe in the British press; Robert Crampton did one with him in last weekend's Times. Wolfe is no fan of modern art is he?

DonaAna Fri 26-Oct-12 17:08:32

No I hadn't seen the Malle strips! I'm normally not a candle person but felt tempted this time - it's going to be winter in Italy too and I will be spending a lot more time indoors. But I also bought their entire perfume collection (a coffret of minis) - I love most of them and prefer to wear a different perfume every day.

Bonsoir Fri 26-Oct-12 17:17:57

It's definitely winter in Paris today - cold, wet, windy, foggy and the weather forecast says 2° before sunrise tomorrow morning. I have lit lots of candles and shut the shutters in the sitting room in order to make it all feel a bit cosier.

Have just made a hair appointment for tomorrow - am having dinner tomorrow night with a new friend (someone I met through another friend) and want to go feeling relaxed and glam! What is everyone else doing this weekend?

mignonette Fri 26-Oct-12 17:25:13

That sounds lovely Bonsoir.....Our clocks go back this weekend which kind of seals our fate regarding Winter's onset. However it is also heralds 'permission' to change into lovely brushed cotton PJ bottoms, sweatshirting tops and dressing gowns once home from work. And soon it will be time to watch Christmas films! Spent today taking down Summer curtains and hanging triple lined Winter ones as we have drafty big old Victorian house.

I have to visit family this weekend in the deepest countryside so driving up Sunday but tomorrow will be brunch with all the newspapers at restaurant/bar/cafe of our choice. Then maybe some gardening as the garden does need to be put to bed for the Winter...leaves dying everywhere. Last weekend we had parties both evenings and I'm too old now for such excitement. I do love being at home at least one evening per weekend with DH, good food, a film to watch with a single malt for him and pile of newspapers/kindle/Vogue for me.

Bonsoir Fri 26-Oct-12 17:32:47

Oh mignonette don't tell me about it! Last Sunday I spent all afternoon lying on the sofa reading Risotto with Nettles (Anna del Conte's memoirs) and it was one of the best afternoons I had spent in a long time.


I have ordered Mad Men Season 5 and Downton Abbey Season 3 and am going to stash them away for the Christmas holidays!

MarshaBrady Fri 26-Oct-12 17:41:11

Aha excellent Bonsoir! Can't wait until you're all watching Mad Men 5 too. We are watching one tonight, have to pace it otherwise get through it all too quickly. Great to be watching Don Draper again grin

Mignonette your weekend, house and curtains sound gorgeous.

Dona snap! we were going to do lunch today at our favourite place but cancelled after the indulgence of yesterday!

Saturday night is a Halloween and birthday party. And it involves dressing up argh. I have completely ignored this part so far. Is there anything stylish, easy-ish for Halloween...? <in denial about doing fancy dress>

mignonette Fri 26-Oct-12 17:46:49

Definitely not tragic. That book is wonderful Bonsoir and I adore culinary memoirs. I have loads on my Pinterest board if you want any recommendations. I'm excited because they have finally put the American series 'ThirtySomething' onto DVD and it's released soon. That's my Winter sorted! Have also ordered 'Treme' and 'Blue Bloods' about a Brooklyn three generation cop family with Tom Selleck.

i want to see' Beasts of the Southern Wild'. Has anybody else seen it yet?

I bought my son a Batman costume (he's 18!) and he surprised the heck out of a passing flower delivery van when he decided to wear it while putting the wheelie bins out yesterday. Waved at them and got a classic 'did I really see that' look...

Bonsoir Fri 26-Oct-12 18:13:36

Oh no! I was addicted to thirtysomething when I was twentysomething - it probably coloured all my expectations of life hence the disappointment grin

<runs off to Amazon>

Bonsoir Fri 26-Oct-12 18:17:09

I love the 18-year-old-as-batman image! DD and I raided Claire's and Accessorize for Halloween costumes on Tuesday - DSS1 thought that dressing up as a modern-day witch to watch a DVD of Beverly Hills Chihuahua was très stylé wink

mignonette Fri 26-Oct-12 18:18:33

Yes...All the series are coming out...Even the one with Gary's death (sob). I remember it also dealing with Hope finding being a SAHM after a career difficult which in the 80's was not often broached.

Even my DH loved it. And it had a great soundtrack too with Van Morrison being one artist I recall- 'Tupelo Honey' was the song I think when Hope and baby Janey 'danced' together....

Hopefully Fri 26-Oct-12 18:34:15

We are watching v lowbrow tv tonight - a twilight film. DH and I suddenly decided we wanted to watch them, and we are on the last one (apart from the one not out yet). I have never wasted so much time so mindlessly! Great fun being rude about them though, and cheap to download on Apple TV.

I am intending to pass the film by hunting down some knitwear, ordering this necklace and with a bit of luck finding a nice cosy winter scarf. Good times.

mignonette Fri 26-Oct-12 18:39:55

I really like that necklace, Hopefully. I've bought this for my DD's stocking. They do bear and badger versions too. Am thinking of replacing the chain though for a better one, or maybe a woven cord.

shopafrolic Fri 26-Oct-12 19:31:55

Hi all. Glad you're ordering that necklace hopefully

Quiet, cold, wet and miserable day here. The UGGS are out - shudder. My brother and his family are over from the Netherlands so I will spend tomorrow watching DS getting to know his little cousins - they have only met 4 or 5 times and yet they slip into each other's company with ease.

I have ordered a barrow load of bits from the A&W sale including a petrol blue knit so fingers crossed. Only a week to go until the big 4OH! Scary.

DonaAna Fri 26-Oct-12 19:54:31

Hopefully love the scarabé - I have quite a lot of insect-themed jewellery but not a beetle. Yet wink
Shop we are nearly the same age - I'll be 4-0
in Feb. Not panicked about it - have managed to experience a lot so far, and am in some ways looking forward to what is still ahead.
Hope your purchases are great!

We had a great night in. DH cooked, filet mignon with mashed potatoes, and the 2-y-o loved hers very rare (she loves calf liver too). Shutters closed here too and sheepskin boots are in heavy use. And had a lovely time watching a classic Disney film (The Lady and the Tramp) together. MM5 hasn't arrived yet.

I'm quite happy with my life atm - absorbing job, enough social life, domestic matters nicely organized, and I have enough free time for exercise and reading. I've found a friend who likes to explore the city with me too - we love good food and have been to quite a few great places. Will check your boards Mig.

Popcornia Fri 26-Oct-12 21:54:33

I think you're terribly organised/energetic to have a midweek dinner party at all, Bonsoir!

Dona - you can't possibly feel too bad about wearing uggs and a tunic, as I'll raise you with my fold-over waistband yoga trousers, tshirt and cable cardi. I am in SERIOUS Friday Night At Home Style Slump.

Marsha - pics please. envy

Hopefully, that necklace is great. I find your taste in jewellery really inspiring.

mignonette, I'm so glad you're back!

I'm a cookery book fiend too. I have around 100 food-based books in my kitchen (er, actually probably more now), which are entirely separate from the fun/literary books in the guest room and the work-type books in the study. I firmly believe that creating with one's hands is integral to having a peaceful soul, and my regular "creation" after a long day making things on a screen is food for the people I love.

After Dona's evocative posts on pearls a while ago, I would like to find an interesting pearl collar to wear with my grey cap-sleeved work shift and a grey cashmere leopard cardi. Single strands are not very me - too classic. I like drama and diva chic. Any ideas, Voguettes?

Bonsoir Sat 27-Oct-12 08:55:23

Popcornia - I agree about the creativity/relaxation that comes from cooking. In fact, when I'm in the mood (and weather permitting), even the shopping bit is really fun and creative here in Paris where the street markets are full of wonderful seasonal produce. When I wanted to buy truffles for my dinner on Thursday night I asked my greengrocer two days ahead and he telephoned his truffle-supplier friend in Burgundy and had them overnight couriered - I love it! Such a contrast with supermarket shopping and those rows and rows of business-school-graduate-created, factory-produced boxed "food".

MarshaBrady Sat 27-Oct-12 17:46:20

Couriered truffles, love it!

Pop do you mean short pearls or long pearls or actual collar Probably not last one! grin Or some Lanvin drama.

Shop how exciting! what did you get?

Dona a lovely post.

Have taken a shot of dress but the pic is so understated that it barely conveys the excitement I feel, or how nice it is in reality. But hopefully you'll get the idea!

MarshaBrady Sat 27-Oct-12 18:35:48

Hmm not a great shot is it, might have to take another when wearing it.

I couldn't find a good one, but I did find this page which shows the pretty jewels much better than I can.

Love the dark glittery drama of it all here and here. Better than my photo anyway. Obviously mine is the very understated version, but liked the shots anyway.

DonaAna Sat 27-Oct-12 19:55:19

Like your dress a lot Marsha! A beauty!

We just had one of those picture perfect evenings - took our DC to a restaurant with friends (DD1 wearing her black faux fur coat!), sat outdoors, had great food and such a relaxing time. DC shared a tiramisu for dessert! Everyone happy and content.

MarshaBrady Sun 28-Oct-12 07:26:22

After feeling cosy inside had great time at the party. Loads of dancing.

Halloween outfit lame, dh's old Japanese rock t, Wang skirt, very high black MJ boots and smudge eyes. But didn't matter. Incidentally nearly ebayed those boots. So glad I didn't!

Hopefully Sun 28-Oct-12 08:56:03

Marsha dress is fabulous - can imagine you looking fabulously elegant but edgy in it.

Having a lovely family weekend (normally I work at least one day), am not even dressed yet! Have decided there is a definite loungewear gap in my life - would love to have something cosy but stylish to wear right now instead of pyjamas.

Bonsoir Sun 28-Oct-12 09:28:59

Your Lanvin dress looks spectacular, Marsha. Can we have a pic of you wearing it?

Popcornia Sun 28-Oct-12 11:40:47

Beautiful dress, Marsha. I love that darkly bejeweled look. Re: pearls - probably short pearls (though oooh, the Lanvin option is divine), though I like the drama/edge of the long one you found. Am I making sense?

Dona - I have a cocktail party to attend at the end of the month and it will be extremely network-y. I have a passable LBD (one shoulder, just below the knee) but am in a dither over shoes, and I recall you have a lot of practical experience in cocktail party shoes! I think you recommended wedges, didn't you? At least not peep toes, anyway...

Bonsoir I envy the Paris food shopping experience. I remember an early trip to Paris with DH when we were staying in a hotel (i.e., no cooking facilities) and I was absolutely longing to buy produce and run off to make something with it. Though that said yesterday wasn't so terrible in London. I popped into my local greengrocer to pick up a Halloween pumpkin and was pleased to find new season wet walnuts nestled next to the till. Small victories. smile

Hopefully - I eagerly await your loungewear investigations. I now feel the need to slip into something cozy in the post-work evenings and suspect you'll bring in some seriously good analysis of what's available.

Shop - enjoy your week leading up to your birthday! Hope the petrol knit is great.

MarshaBrady Sun 28-Oct-12 13:33:52

Thank you everyone! smile

Bonsoir yes to taking a pic with me in it, I think I'll have to get over the photo thing for this one. Will take on night of party, maybe even in situ. First is in a couple weeks.

Hopefully and Pop I agree about something nice to wear on weekends. I don't mind skinnies, but really feel like I need something warmer and really cozy for a jumper.

Pop yes the long one is gorgeous, I like that more than the short one too. And love the Lanvin.

Dona bet that tiramisu is so good, one of my favourite things.

Now tights, usually just go for Wolford, but there are so many options I get picky about which to get. Has anyone got a favourite denier for cocktail dress?

DonaAna Sun 28-Oct-12 13:39:14

I go to cocktails a lot. Pick the shoes you are going to wear and walk around in them for 2-3 hours. If they feel good, you are all set; if not, switch for a comfier pair. Outfits depend what type of party you are going to - I rarely go to parties with fashion people, so don't see many crazy shoes. In my social circle women avoid clutch bags (because they are difficult to carry) and color. Big baroque and Tahitian pearls are the thing, and I really envied someone who looked both chic and comfy in Chanel two-tone ballet flats. I usually wear either a pair of medium-heel black courts or slimline wedges. Am toying with the idea of custom-made dancing shoes. In our parties, people stand for hours - hence you rarely see Manolos or Choos and never Louboutins.

I've worn fashion shoes a handful of times and always regretted it - if my feet hurt, the party is spoiled. In Brazil, flat jeweled sandals (silver, bronze) were the best party shoes. In Italy, party shoes seem to be mostly black or nude.

DonaAna Sun 28-Oct-12 13:44:00

Oh and an Italian woman whose style I admire wears black silver-buckled Dior pilgrim shoes everywhere. They are pretty and distinctive but have lowish heels.

Bonsoir Sun 28-Oct-12 16:18:51

I love pilgrim shoes - they remind me of my grandmother in the late 1960s! All the practicality of ballerinas but so much more elegant!

Hopefully Sun 28-Oct-12 16:55:02

<cough> WTF are pilgrim shoes?

DonaAna Sun 28-Oct-12 17:09:38

Pilgrims - didn't they have a starring role on Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour?

DonaAna Sun 28-Oct-12 17:11:47

I found my Pigalles surprisingly comfy when I wore them on Friday night, much better than most heels of that height. That being said I wear heels of that style every day at work, so I am pretty accustomed...

Hopefully Sun 28-Oct-12 18:11:48

Wow, if you found my ideal pair of shoes, then found their polar opposite, you'd have found pilgrim shoes grin. Much too classic for me. Can see that they would be fab in the right setting/on the right person though.

I am currently loving wearing my new LKB Floretes (although obviously wouldn't turn down a pair of Louboutins...), so much so that I am exchanging the other pair of heels I bought for Floretes in another colour (plum, since you ask).

I am also thinking of getting this scarf for winter - I am ebaying the couple of Lily & Lionel ones that I have to fund it, as they aren't really big and dramatic enough for me (have finally accepted defeat on them).

Popcornia Sun 28-Oct-12 18:22:28

Oh I LIKE the pilgrims.

Amber, I used to be able to swan around in high heels all night without a problem. (envy at your youthfulness.) However, the last time I wore insanely high heels for a night out I ended up changing into ballerinas so I could dance properly. That wouldn't have happened 10 years ago. (Sniff.)

Dona, thanks for that. I will ask around, but on current evidence this particular cocktail party is going to be VERY much on the standing & social chatting end of the party scale. There will be little opportunity to pose in my killer platform peep-toes (nothing fancy, just Zara) before retiring to a handy chair - it's going to be on my feet all night. So it looks like comfort will be the way to go. Right now my most comfortable dress shoes are my L.K. Bennett snake courts, which is a bit of a shame as they're probably my favourite work shoes at the moment.

Marsha - I am starting to wonder about tights for cocktail dresses too. I notice that in Shoreditch sheer black tights are making a comeback with the hipster set. How long before they become a "thing?" I mean, if white stilettos are coming back, it can only be so long before sheer black tights return too... wink

Popcornia Sun 28-Oct-12 18:25:20

Snap, Hopefully - my comfy snake courts are Floretes. They are such a great shape and heel height.

shopafrolic Sun 28-Oct-12 18:58:11

Another vote for the Floretes! So pleased with mine.
A&W delivery due tomorrow so fingers crossed for the knitwear.
Dona loved your tale of the tiramisu - it bought back fond memories of my honeymoon on the Amalfi coast having late night coffee and dessert.
Marsha glad the party was fab - dress is AMAZING
All the links to pearls got me drooling. My mother in law has bought me a strand of pearls for my 40th but they are too classic for me I fear.

MarshaBrady Sun 28-Oct-12 19:37:53

Oh blimey it has occurred to me that you all may be thinking it's the amazing dress in that link below. Not the one on my profile. Mine is just black with a little bit of jewel detail like that link. Very understated. I will put it back on when the anti climax isn't too great. grin

Love that scarf Hopefully.

I can do a pretty high heel all night, but some champagne helps take the edge off the pain (I jest, a bit).

Yes most possibly Pop! I really need to find my perfect ones. Day time I can do, just really opaque, matt or wool. But night time, I need to focus.

DonaAna Mon 29-Oct-12 08:55:02

Sheer black tights are the thing here right now. I wore them to my last party and so did everyone else. Bare legs are good for summer but nothing is more unflattering than a pair of goose-bumpy blue (or tangerine wink) legs.

The snake courts sound fabulous. I used to walk all around the city in high heels in my 20s and always wore them to parties, but alas, no more. (Plus these days, the parties are real cocktails - you have to smoothly navigate form one circle to another all night long and sitting is not an option.) The parties I go to get very crowded: people will see your top part and your jewellery really well, but nobody pays attention to what you have on your feet (I only keep noticing the pilgrims because they are so chic and polished). I think people are too influenced by red carpet looks - very few real world parties are like that, at least parties I've been to. Stripper shoes have not become popular in Italy - I think people here filter LA looks, most people have a strong (and conservative) sense of style and what suits them and I don't see them falling for California-influenced trends. Maxis, colored skinnies, floral skinnies didn't make it here. Instead, I see a lot of tailoring, very good boots and chic neutrals. And cigarette trousers have been a big hit here.

Winter started here over the weekend: chilly nights and mornings, we turned on the heating. We ventured out through the pitch-dark rain-soaked streets last night had a heavenly meal on the covered veranda of a restaurant (with the heating turned up to the max) - I ate braised beef cheeks with salsa verde with a lovely Dolcetto and involtini di melanzane. Easily the best meal I've had this year. And am quite enjoying the new Tom Wolfe novel: slightly schlocky but riveting.

There is a warm quiet calm I remember from last Christmas in our house: pale daylight, quiet hum of heating, everything muted and toned-down. Very cozy, I love this season. Have started cooking stews and winter casseroles: rabbit ragu in red wine with pappardelle would be just the thing.

Too cold for a tunic hmm so am wearing a cashmere v-necked sweater and a Lily & Lionel scarf, MiH Oslos and sheepskin boots.

MarshaBrady Mon 29-Oct-12 10:42:19

I'm not keen on the line of platform shoes. I find the shape of the non platform more elegant. I do love being very tall at parties, but not with a platform.

Yes it has to be sheer, will negotiate piles of Wolford options and try and find best ones - although there's probably not much in it.

MarshaBrady Mon 29-Oct-12 10:44:58

I loved The Bonfire of the Vanities Dona and need a new book, will check out his new one.

mignonette Mon 29-Oct-12 15:40:54

Good afternoon everyone- I'm laid up with a kidney infection, having felt rough for days with no way of telling exactly why until the pain started. So am in bed forcing myself to shop online! I saw an ad for this company in U.S Elle and have become mildly obsessed with its loungewear/bed wear -


Today I am wearing Bodas PJ bottoms, an old grey Marl Gap sweatshirt belonging to DH and Fair Isle knitted socks. I do try to dress as cosily as possible when I am sick. I am one step away from buying a knitted bed hat like Wee Willie Winkie; DH has ordered himself this cool long nightshirt a la Willie Winkie too.

Dona- beef cheeks are quite the in ingredient now aren't they? Had a text from a friend in Manchester for the velodrome cycling who sent me a photo of his plate of beef cheek ragu (sounds like an innuendo) to make me jealous. I make oxtail stew all Winter- in fact it makes life worth living when it gets too grey and mizzling.

These Nicholas Kirkwood slingbacks for next Spring are my current aspiration, so town elegant and not too fiercely high-


I have a pair of 'Pilgrims', very old belonging to my aunt and like most good shoes, they can be taken to the Cobblers and revitalised. I can also recommend the 'Reva' flats from Tory Burch as a good alternative. Russell & Bromley also make similar styles. My favourite shoe style is the classic Manolo stiletto that is cur straight across the toe line giving that very elegant foot shape when viewed from the front and sides.

Hopefully - I like that petrol blue scarf you posted. I am a scarf fiend and get into quite a state trying to decide what the 'scarf of the day' is going to be. I have a couple of McQueen skull ones but i don't like the fabric they're made of at winter time-not snuggly enough. I have an old Pucci that I use as a headscarf and a grand total of two Hermes Carres, both ancient things. Marc Jacobs makes lovely cotton jersey scarves (mine both from Outnet) but I do like Accessorize fair isle scarves with pompoms- they possess the right degree of woolly-burrowing-into factor.

shopafrolic Mon 29-Oct-12 15:42:18

I saw the most wonderful looking mum in Herts this morning! Amazing casual style which worked so well for her. She had a very short, very dark bob, and was wearing this jacket
With skinny jeans and some fabulous slouchy knee boots in chestnut brown. I was so tempted to tell her how great she looked (and dying to know where the boots were from) but DS was dragging me into a toy shop!
Half my A&W delivery arrived but the petrol knit is due tomorrow.
Dona funny that you mentioned the pale daylight of Christmas, I was reminiscing yesterday about last Christmas (our first with DS) - it is lovely now that the nights are drawing in and we can sit by an open fire each evening.

shopafrolic Mon 29-Oct-12 15:42:54
mignonette Mon 29-Oct-12 15:44:02


Glad to have any culinary book recommendations from you- and other MNers too....

DonaAna Mon 29-Oct-12 15:59:51

Hope you get better soon Mig! Sounds very painful.

Marsha I loved "The Bonfire of Vanities" too - it has one of the most memorable descriptions of hangover I've ever came across. This new one is lighter and a bit queasier (a bit too much old man fascination with porn), and Mr White Linen Suit is clearly out of his depth here a bit and some of the characters are a bit cartoon-like, but a good satire nevertheless - plus has a scene taking place during the previews of Miami Art Basel. It's a page-turner, and sometimes I just need something that zips forward without reader-alienating artistic tricks.

I still feel like Christmas - it's not 5pm yet and already twilight (plus I made comfort food from my childhood: meat stew with mashed potatoes and beets). Still working like crazy, but the new "Cafe Society" candle takes the edge off a bit.

DC have suddenly developed a fondness for nursery rhymes - I read them some most days and it's very satisfying. Wasted an hour in the morning doing that.

Shop too bad you couldn't compliment the stylish lady! And very envious of the roaring open fire (my parents have that, we don't). Also happy that that shape of padded jacket is fashionable - I have an olive-green down jacket in that style and am planning to start wearing it soon. Daytime high today 13C - was 26 last week! Quite a change... <brrrrr>

mignonette Mon 29-Oct-12 16:28:16

Have watched some great trashy DVD's this last week (have been on A/L as have to use some up or lose it)....Saw 'Young Adult' with Charlize Theron (quite appalling character), 'Bad Teacher' with Cam Diaz which I did laugh at and watched my beloved 'Moonrise Kingdom' again....My dream job would be to work as a Production Designer with Wes Anderson. This film has such a wonderful look.

This is super-cute-


as is this - pinterest.com/pin/457326537130295471/ although I don't know who made this....

Hopefully Mon 29-Oct-12 16:35:29

Ouch Mig! Hope you feel better soon.

I have had a morning of online browsing and shopping. Ordered a couple of bits from Pure Collection - a cable knit dress, cashmere sweater and skinny belt for wearing as a wrap bracelet - and the Chan Luu scarf. Also contemplating a couple of other bits, but have traumatised my card enough for one day I think!

mignonette Mon 29-Oct-12 16:41:46

I do seem to be prone to Kidney infections. Hence my constant prowling of the internet for pure cotton or wool tights!

Hopefully I received so many 'Pure' catalogue inserts in yesterdays papers and had a look myself. That boyfriend sweater is perfect. What shade did you choose/ I love their Sapphires, navies and the ochre yellow/browny shade. The latter looks surprisingly good with purple. I also like the cropped cardigan and am contemplating the Ponti Di Roma pants as they look indestructible. I have a Max Mara Ponti A line black skirt that I'll likely be buried in so many times am I seen in it.

Bonsoir Mon 29-Oct-12 18:14:16

Stylistas, I (or rather my DP) need your help! DP was due to fly to New York today with his senior management team to look at retail and other lifestyle concepts. But Hurricane Sandy has put paid to that plan. They have decided to go to London instead - but they have no itinerary. I have been wracking my brains today but any ideas would be good - newest and best shops/restaurants, new concepts in existing shops... whatever! Tell me!

Merci smile

mignonette Mon 29-Oct-12 18:31:15

Marylebone High St is a great walk- independent stores such as Ortigia, food (La Fromagerie), restaurants (peter Gordons' 'Providores') and chains such as Comptoir des Cotonniers and the Kooples on the west side and Theory and Sandro on the east side. St Christophers Place has Mulberry, Kookai and Marimekko, Whistles, FlyLondon and T M Lewin.

Polpo which is a Venetian Baccaro - polpo.co.uk/# for food in Soho, Smithfield....Or Hawksmoor for big chunky meaty man food. other options are Burger & Lobster at 29 Clarges St in Mayfair W1 or Bubbledogs at 70 Charlotte st, W1 which are all near the stores mentioned below-

For serious design/clothing heads, I recommend Dover Street Market - london.doverstreetmarket.com/dsmpaper/ on Dover St, W1 followed by Acne on the same street.

I love going to the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square, SW3( near Sloane Squ with all it's amenities) which has a fantastic shop with really eclectic products.

shopafrolic Mon 29-Oct-12 18:32:41

Without giving too much away Bonsoir what type of shops? Just clothing or new concepts to the way we shop?
In terms of exciting places / restaurants these guys are often useful......

mignonette Mon 29-Oct-12 18:34:49

Tell them to google the itineries of London's cool food trucks. There are some amazing ones now. Plenty around Spitalfields, Hackney, Old Street and Bow. Broadway market/London fields in east London will provide plenty of things to do and see in a day.

shopafrolic Mon 29-Oct-12 18:35:03

Some interesting stuff here but would need to check still up to date

Bonsoir, apparently the new Burberry flagship has got a lot of innovative features - article here

mignonette Mon 29-Oct-12 18:36:40

And Bermondsey has great places to see and cool walks through really old London, alley walks dating back to Medieval times. I like it for it's atmosphere.

shopafrolic Mon 29-Oct-12 18:39:28

Was jus about to cross post re: Burberry and then cashed! The interactive shopping elements sons amazing

mignonette Mon 29-Oct-12 18:39:50

The Stella McCartney parquet floor is something to see also - stores on Bruton St and Fulham Rd

Dover St Market, home of Comme Des Garcons is the place to go, definitely.

shopafrolic Mon 29-Oct-12 18:41:27

If it's retail trend related then pop up stores within stores are big right now. Harrods and others do this well.

Bonsoir Mon 29-Oct-12 18:56:44

Oh you are all brilliant! I have to go and make dinner right now but keep them coming!

DP is in cosmetics (runs a big French cosmetics chain) but needs to look at all types of innovation, across all retail sectors - also restaurants, hotels etc!

mignonette Mon 29-Oct-12 18:58:19

Ortigia is a gorgeous store. Cosmetics A La Carte is great for cool new industry brands. Space Nk is rubbish now. Liberty cosmetics Dept is always worth a look.

mignonette Mon 29-Oct-12 18:58:56

Shrimpys restaurant in an old filling station in Kings Cross is pretty cool.

lulaloon Mon 29-Oct-12 19:15:49

Liberty's normally has something.

Thelondoner blog is brilliant for new restaurants / general London things

shopafrolic Mon 29-Oct-12 19:25:26

Very random one then and completely non cosmetic related.... Don't shoot me down for mentioning the word on MNV!!!! Argos have a store in Whitechapel that has a tiny footprint. Because it is by the tube station customers can check stock and reserve online or go in-store and reserve at lunchtime and collect on their way home that night. Very successful concept for that part of town and good sales from a tiny sq footage

MarshaBrady Mon 29-Oct-12 19:32:12

Aesop - dh is saying stuff to me about this, he went to some innovation thing.

Apple, Regents St - oldy but goody for clean lines and brand loyalty.

shopafrolic Mon 29-Oct-12 19:49:58

Feel a little sick that I mentioned Argos when talking about innovation - hope you all understand the reasons why!!!!!!!

MarshaBrady Mon 29-Oct-12 19:54:46

Shop it's a good one! Don't feel ill grin

Dh also said a pie & mash shop that changes to a restaurant at night but couldn't remember the name, so not much help at all.

shopafrolic Mon 29-Oct-12 19:56:35

Blueurgggggh grin

pickledsiblings Mon 29-Oct-12 21:48:32

Marsha, the video on the Aesop site is pretty weird isn't it. Interesting side to retail (the whole new concept thing) that I've not really thought of before. Of to look at the Burberry article now Amber. Shopafrolic, Argos you say smile?

pickledsiblings Mon 29-Oct-12 21:49:03

Off even

shopafrolic Mon 29-Oct-12 21:51:21

Screams "it's not the brand or the style it's the floor space to sales ratio......"

pickledsiblings Mon 29-Oct-12 21:55:22

Great dress Marsha btw, v. understated. What length is it on you? Check out NAP etc for leg styling.

MarshaBrady Mon 29-Oct-12 22:00:01

I didn't watch it Pickled! Will take a look.

Hopefully love your shopping! The Chan Luu is such a gorgeous colour, I love all of it.

MarshaBrady Mon 29-Oct-12 22:02:35

lol Shop exactly. grin Hmm I'm going to rack my brains for a good ratio now.

Pickled it's not short. I had to overcome wanting that for this one. I'll just wear very high heels. Well I do anyway.

LeChatRouge Mon 29-Oct-12 22:54:42

Marsha the pIe and mash by day and restaurant by night is here.

MarshaBrady Tue 30-Oct-12 08:50:06

Ah good one lechat thanks!

mignonette Tue 30-Oct-12 09:21:00

Wahaca are putting on a Day of the Dead festival underneath Waterloo station at the Old Vic Tunnels from Wednesday. Details from blog.wahaca.co.uk/.

This looks so much fun. Have fond memories of DOTD from my childhood years spent living in Mexico.

Hopefully Tue 30-Oct-12 11:34:09

All this talk of cool things to visit in London is so over my head at the moment - I have become properly countrified! That's what Devon does to you. Looking forward to having a day in London in Dec, and hopefully another trip up to see the costume exhibition at the V&A before it closes.

I have re-ordered a pair of leather leggings from Matches that I sent back a month or two ago - I have a discount code, and I am resigned to having raw hems and needing to get them finished at the right length, which was the main reason I sent these ones back (right at the beginning of The Leather Leggings Quest).

MarshaBrady Tue 30-Oct-12 13:53:06

Good work Hopefully, I think it has to be done for leather leggings. You need the very best ones. A friend just moved to Devon, near Totnes. She loves it.

Mignonette when did you leave Mexico? I also have a new friend from Mexico City who does interesting work.

<and that's a pointless connections post>

I have done an outnet order which I won't link just yet, because you know, it could be bad. However I was pleased that the amount you have saved was particularly high.

mignonette Tue 30-Oct-12 15:10:22

Marsha I left Mexico aged 8 1/2 but still go back to visit occasionally as have friends and honorary 'family' there. I visited Mexico City many times alongside Acapulco (saw Elizabeth Taylor on the beach there), Mazatlan, Guadalajara etc. I'll never forget the glass blowers of Guadalajara. If there's an opportunity to visit your friend, take it. Mexico is such a dazzling country, vivid, rich and not what people expect from how it is depicted. Saying that, I have visited the corrupt NW border regions in the Sierra De Madre range and it is not a place for women, for sure. I lived in the NE mountains near Saltillo.

Hopefully I went on a geography field trip in the early 80's to Slapton, near Totnes in deepest coldest February. Waist deep in the river Dart measuring water velocity, I and three others got taken to hospital with Hypothermia. Otherwise it was lovely!

mignonette Tue 30-Oct-12 15:11:06

By 'rich' I mean richly textured....

Hopefully Tue 30-Oct-12 15:30:33

Marsha I am grin at <pointless connections post>. Well done on Outnet order - I never have the patience to trawl through.

I really like living down here so far. Hope I feel the same after winter! Sussex is warm.

mignonette Tue 30-Oct-12 15:52:24

What do MNers think of the Outnet's new collection of clothing?

mignonette Tue 30-Oct-12 15:54:52

I was looking at the collaboration between Harris Tweed and NEXT. What do you all think of this hold all as a Christmas gift for my StepSon?


MarshaBrady Tue 30-Oct-12 17:12:39

Mignonette the friend lives a bit closer now - in SW London! But I was impressed by her childhood there. Yes like the bag.

Hehe Hopefully, I know sometimes it's too easy to have a connection to things. Siberia, Houston, NASA blah blah. A big family has it's uses when doing small talk.

Outnet yes, it was three things that could be good but may not be. T Wang cardigan and dress, APC boots. Just lazily bought it all, but probably won't keep it all. Plus the boots were the only ones in my size which motivated me a bit more.

mignonette Tue 30-Oct-12 17:14:34

i still mourn the APC indigo denim kilt that I gave to stepD. She never wore it and gave it to a charity shop. She didn't understand that it was a keeper.....

DonaAna Tue 30-Oct-12 19:58:30

I really like Mexico, although the way things are in the country atm (drug wars etc) are quite worrying.

Sorry have to skip links - busy packing and printing work materials.
Had to pop out because ran out of white printing paper - there is an appliance/electronics store nearby, nipped there 15 min before closing time. My hair was unwashed and I wore Uggs and a down jacket - not the most pulled together look grin. There were two doormen who looked at me a bit dubiously but opened the door. The place was awash in neon floodlights, ambient music, waiters with cocktail trays, and packed with 20sth techie types downing cocktails. I got a glass of prosecco AND the copying paper I was after. Weirdest cocktail party I've been to...

Spent some time putting together my travel clothes. Challenging, as I'm going to a snowy, wet, possibly icy place (hence very few footwear choices): have to look presentable, but don't want to catch pneumonia.) Everything I tried on looked so dull. Most of my Italian clothes seemed way cold/flimsy/impractical/unlikely to fit under heavy coats... Finally settled on 7FAM Ginger flares, wedges or ankle boots, a V-necked bodycon tight-fitting sweter and a Missoni scarf.

Ladies, is it true - are winter clothes deeply boring? Please prove me wrong.

Hopefully Tue 30-Oct-12 20:02:56

Dona surely you have some beautiful lined boots kicking around somewhere? And a wonderful overcoat? You must.

I have been vaguely lusting after these for about two months now. I really don't need them in any way, but I want them.

Hopefully Tue 30-Oct-12 20:03:21

ps: Dona I wasn't suggesting you'd want shiny gold skinnies for cold-weather wear. Those are for me, not you grin

Topazandpearl Wed 31-Oct-12 09:36:23

Those skinnies are great Hopefully. Sometimes I find I go off things if I lust after them enough. Pinterest helps with that, I sort of feel I have appropriated something, just by pinning it, then the novelty wears off. (There was something about this early on in YAWYW). On the other hand, sometimes the obsession just grows and I have to buy it!
I have finally got round to buying these boots as the weather means I need boots and these were the nicest, most comfortable and within budget I could find.
Dona i prefer winter to summer clothes! Not being of an ideal shape, I prefer the coverage and the opportunities for layering. I also find the heavier fabrics and structure helpful. The colours are more me too. I guess it suits me to live somewhere with such miserable summers! I'm sure you will have the perfect wardrobe for your travels.

mignonette Wed 31-Oct-12 09:59:52

I'm a cold weather woman. Ironic considering I spent so much time in the hotter parts of the world. I love bundling up.

I have a pair of Wrangler ankle boots the same as these on ebay. They're about seven years old and are my second pair. I love them.


mignonette Wed 31-Oct-12 12:15:13

Look at this bag of gorgeousness from Swedish HasBeens. Am trying to decide which of the three colours to choose.....


I also love the new olive suede ankle boots from GAP but cannot find a link to show you all.

MarshaBrady Thu 01-Nov-12 14:01:45

I like the dark blue best I think Mignonette

The outnet order has arrived.

APC boots are a great mustard colour, brighter than the pic. But they are rather too similar to the pistols I have already (so should go back really).

Wang black cardigan is loose even as an xs. But I love it, have it on and is warm so am keeping.

Dress is going back, link-less grin

Hopefully has your dhl man/woman turned up?

MarshaBrady Thu 01-Nov-12 14:04:34

Dona how funny re shop cocktail party.

I don't mind winter clothes, but I hate getting in the car bundled in layers. And probably need a new coat for some variation, even though I love the one I have.

DonaAna Thu 01-Nov-12 15:14:21

Traveling, wearing boring winter clothes.
Jeans, v-neck long-sleeved shirt, D&G boucle jacket, brown ankle boots. <yawn>

I read the Oct US Vogue on plane. They had great fall looks (my dream coat would be a cherry red Dior couture bar coat worn with a metal belt) but all of them involved flashing bare ankles, coats that remain open or deeply slashed. I adore the new big O-line coats, and in fact happen to have one - by Marni. But it has shortish sleeves and is very thin - no go on a chilly, breezy, rainy day when it's 3C outside. They also had a touching budget feature that had a fake fur coat from Macy's that was about USD 150. Perhaps cheaper than couture, but still not an impulse purchase for most... With the accessories, the 'budget' outfit was worth about USD 1000...

I have a lot of great coats but the missing link is boots that would work with them (still waiting for my bespoke pair to arrive). Once I get them, I can do a lot of Dr Zhivago looks.

I bought a pair of handmade cashmere-lined Sermoneta leather gloves at the airport on my way out. Worth every penny, my favorite thing to wear in winter.

Hopefully Thu 01-Nov-12 20:03:50

I bring new clothes new!

The Chan Luu scarf is an absolutely beauty. Totally gorgeous, perfect colour, enormous (which is compulsory in my world), really cosy and soft, but light and fine enough to squash into a bag easily.

The latest leather leggings have also arrived (bought with good discount code), and although I haven't had time to try them on in daylight, they are looking pretty promising with a few different outfits. My mission is now to see if I can find something that would do the same job for much less £££, before I commit to keeping them.

mignonette Fri 02-Nov-12 09:47:28

I just ordered a last season linen/cotton cardigan from Vera Wang-pretty and cream, it'll go with everything. A.P.C boots sound wonderful, Marsha...And that slate/petrol shade is lovely, Hopefully. Are you on pinterest?

Just reading Nov US Vogue with boringly suck up interview with Rihanna. Great photo shoot with Karli Kloss though posing with the children of one of the Rag&Bone designers. I love Karli Kloss and she's on Pinterest. Also like Raquel Zimmerman especially after seeing her in 'The September Issue' wearing gorgeous couture at Versailles eating a massive gateau!

My current favourite model though is Arizona Muse. She is other-world compelling. Who are your favourite models?

MarshaBrady Fri 02-Nov-12 11:04:20

Oh you've mentioned my two favourites! I didn't know Arizona Muse's name, but just googled and I love her look.

Also love a very tall blonde I see on pin, but can't remember her name. Will see if I can find it.

MarshaBrady Fri 02-Nov-12 11:05:42

Well done Hopefully! Look forward to the blog update, the Big Keeper Question.

Mignonette Wang sounds lovely and Dona your cashmere lined gloves too.

mignonette Fri 02-Nov-12 11:15:16

Am loving these from the Saatchi store -


shopafrolic Fri 02-Nov-12 13:01:12

Nothing fashion related to contribute but just dropping in to say that DS has chicken pox! So plans for my big 40th celebrations are currently being revised sad
I'll probably be sat at home in my party dress watching X Factor!
Have lovely weekends all x

DonaAna Fri 02-Nov-12 14:31:14

I bet Marsha loves Natasha Poly.
Arizona and Karlie are great.
Most of my work is done although I'll stay in cold & wet North until Wed.
Just retrieved my Lanvin dress, mink stole and many other things from my apt here. Best find: short Ilse Jacobsen rain boots!

mignonette Fri 02-Nov-12 17:07:01

Oh shop may DS feel better soon!

Hopefully Fri 02-Nov-12 17:41:27

Ooh, Lanvin dresses aplenty on the thread now! Not in my life though, tragically grin

Shop hope your DS is feeling OK. How are the plan revisions going?

Am clueless about models, will now have to go and google them all.

MarshaBrady Sun 04-Nov-12 17:56:12

Shop oh no was it this weekend? Is it your birthday? If so happy birthday!

I had a pinge of ooh I'd love that at the mention of Dona's Lanvin which is crazy as I have one already. I get that with the raspberry Céline too.

Yes NP is a good one! Also another that I saw and now can't remember. Ah thought I would remember, now it's gone.

DonaAna Sun 04-Nov-12 19:46:52

My Lanvin needs a good very low-cut bra. Inspired by the bra-fitting threads here, I measured myself. Really worth doing - I thought I was a B-cup, turns out I've expanded I have enough material to fill a D-cup shock Now I have several bras that are literally shrink-wrapped to my curves. Feel amazing.

To celebrate, I had a mini shopping binge at my favorite department store.
I bought three bras and quite a few fitted sweaters:
Filippa K mohair tunic length sweater (reminds me of the 1980s ones I made myself)
Repeat draped merino cardigan
bright pink merino sweater

I also got a message saying that my fitted boots are on their way to Rome.
Ready for winter now.

mignonette Mon 05-Nov-12 08:17:18

I don't like all these padded foam stuffed bra's that dominate a lot of stores. I wear a mixture of soft cup or underwired. It's hard to find delicate bra's too-so many are over adorned with trimmings that are too intrusive under clothes. I have some smooth Bodas types but do like a wispy lace bra and fortunately I can still go without one. These are two of my newest ones-



Stella McCartney makes great ones. Have boycotted Elle MCPherson's range since her interview in which she stated she used Chinese medicine with Rhino horn in and then tried to claim she'd never said that and was joking....(slight deviation off point)...

Any other recommendations for less well known underwear lines would be lovely..

Hopefully Mon 05-Nov-12 08:25:58

envy Mignonette! I need something more akin to industrial scaffolding now. It's not that I've got huge boobs (I'm about a 32D), but two lots of pregnancy, BFing, and way too much weight fluctuation over my adult life means they are, ahem, not what they once were! I like Panache and Lejaby, need to go to a proper bra shop though - I am finding that fewer and fewer bras are right for me, so need to go and try a bunch on rather than just ordering my old faithfuls from Figleaves.

mignonette Mon 05-Nov-12 08:50:17

Will look at Lejaby- I do like French brands as they seem to be less 'over designed'. I just try on loads of different sizes until I find one that fits. I get a different size according to who makes the bra- there is no standardisation.

mignonette Mon 05-Nov-12 08:52:38

I've never minded having small breasts although BF gave me one hello of a pair for a while. I'm not tall and neither is DD but she's inherited her paternal GM's rack and hates havinbg such large breasts for her frame. She's already talking reduction...

MarshaBrady Mon 05-Nov-12 12:29:58

I love your jumpers Dona and really need to catch up with knit wear. Am really tired of all the really old ones and need some new ones. But wondering when the sales will start.

I like Bodas too and have some of those. I'm happy to be a smaller size and always have been. I should buy some more underwear really, so expensive.

I just checked my Rigby & Peller ones and it turns out that I bought Lejaby too. Very nice, although do hand wash them. Do you all bother to hand wash these expensive bras or delicate cycle?

Hopefully Mon 05-Nov-12 15:08:46

Marsha I have given up all knitwear hope and ordered one Topshop acrylic nightmare to see me through. I prefer done knits so hoping to get some in spring if nothing in the sales. Also waiting on delivery of a Pure Collection boyfriend sweater, but not confident it will be good.

Fwiw I was bras in a lingerie bag on the cold gentle cycle, usually with my cashmere and silk. I normally make myself hand wash for a month or two when I buy new bras before giving up and machining them - I figure it extends their lives a little bit at least!

Hopefully Mon 05-Nov-12 15:09:03

fine knits.

mignonette Mon 05-Nov-12 15:24:49

Marsha I put them in a lingerie bag and wash on silks/delicates cycle. I've yet to have a disaster....I tend to wash everything unless it is embellished/beaded or has a lining that clearly will shrink-I hate acetate linings. They are beasts for twisting and shrinking and even pretty expensive clothes can be afflicted with them. Plum Sykes wrote a really good piece in US Vogue about how so many designer clothes shed buttons/trims because they are made so shoddily.

And whilst on the topic of shoddy designer stuff, I had to contact MyWardobe.com to arrange the return of that brand new Moschino shoulder bag after the clasp snapped off last friday. Glad I didn't pay full price. I'll add that to the list of rubbish bags which includes the new black leather studded Michael Kors tote (from NetaPorter) with a strap that snapped off whilst i was in Paris. had to buy another bag there; the Mulberry leopard calfhair Alexa where the hair on the hide is rubbing away; the Westwood belt with a clasp that lasted 6 days before snapping off; the Marant boots which developed separation anxiety between the sole and upper (Otway make); the Rag&Bone jeans that lost 3 studs in a week.....it goes on and on.....

So.......Am very happy because I went mining for old clothes in my loft and struck gold-

A silver lacey knit mohair/angora V neck of indeterminate 'parentage';
A dark pink and charcoal grey stripe 'Sid Vicious' mohair sweater from '02-03 TopShop unmolested by moths;
A peacock blue crew neck shetland wool with a black/green banded stripe across the chest (better than it sounds);
two boiled wool cropped (waist length) sweaters =, one in baby blue, one dark cream with little wide neck and gorgeous 3/5 sleeves from goodness knows where;
Seasalt Shetland pale lime green cardigan.

Will photo them and put on pin as so proud......wink

DonaAna Mon 05-Nov-12 16:04:52

Mig sorry to hear about the bags - luxury really has lost its luster. I will not be duped into buying a mediocre bag at premium prices any more (goodbye Mulberry).

I was all my underwear in a normal 40C wash and they stay good for years and years (recently I've outgrown my bras, not outworn them) - we line-dry, no dryer, ever. That said, I'm not into super-wispy lacy things - lace simply isn't me (although the ones Mig linked to are simply stunning, very tempting).

If someone needs an unstructured, wispy bra on a budged, COS had some nice ones. I like firm (but not overpadded) cups that hide my nipples. I'm all about the t-shirt bra, the simpler the better. Like Hopefully, I see a bra as scaffolding - I like simple and tailored clothes and just need clean and smooth curves underneath. Seeing bumps and lacy shapes under my clothes bothers me. I wear strapless bras every day: bandeau styles that are quite broad at back give enough support. I go for decent quality - cheap supermarket or H&M bras have never felt right on me, they don't wash well. But I haven't acquired a La Perla habit yet grin.

I'm utterly in love with my Filippa K sweater! It's a cool plummy burgundy, very flattering and super comforting. Might work as a very short dress too. Lots of higher-end knits had acrylic and other nasties in them

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mignonette Mon 05-Nov-12 16:29:35

I'm a line dryer too, Dona. I love the smell. here is what arrived today for a stepDD.

I remembered you praising Zatchels so bought her one. I also love their bronze metallic bucket bag.

mignonette Mon 05-Nov-12 16:40:24

Broke that link- here it is


I have smooth bras for T shirt wearing; I really miss Gossard Glossies in that respect because the skin tones do not show under white and cream. But I do prefer a light bra because I prefer the natural shape of the breast under clothing. For that reason, padding has never been for me despite my lack of oomph...smile...Those teenage bras in places like H&M or those Kelly Brook ones that look like foam hanging baskets would drown me. I'd be a little walking brassiere and nothing else!

I'm not a fan of ribbons and bows under day clothing, but think lace soft cup bras can look beautiful under say, that Marant lace blouse. I'm not keen on the coloured bra strap peeping out though Carrie Bradshaw style.

mignonette Mon 05-Nov-12 16:48:11

Have just bought this Vera Wang basic linen/wool/cotton mix cardigan as it'll be a good staple for me-


I have lots of bras like these- they do not show too much under clothes and are so comfortable I do not notice I'm wearing a bra. And it took me until my mid twenties to start wearing one-


I love this Margaret Howell sweater and have several of her clothes...


MarshaBrady Mon 05-Nov-12 17:57:23

Love that MHL sweater Mignon. Am so tempted. But think I should wait for the sales really.

Value is a funny thing isn't it. I can splash out of stuff that I think is worth it, but will only buy tuna when it's two for the price of one. I am shocked at the price of tuna grin

Bras fit in the middle, along with hair cuts. Will spend a lot on each item, but with a little bit of hmmm it's so much! and try and make them last for ages.

shopafrolic Mon 05-Nov-12 17:59:56

Hi all - just checking back in and loving the lingerie chat. I recently bought a pretty Elle McPherson set but am now feeling guilty having read your comments Mignonette. I also bought a plain nude t-shirt bra by Princesse TamTam which works well for me (I'm a 32E)
So, the birthday weekend....... DS was poorly throughout so dinner out with DH was cancelled as predicted. But a big family lunch with close friends went ahead yesterday with DH staying home to look after DS. I wore this:
with these:
and opaque tights as it was so wet and rainy. I had a blue, black and grey animal print scarf and black leather biker jacket - felt good!
My parents have given me a fabulous coffee table book about fashion and costume through the ages:
and a friend bought me this rather lovely scarf
I have also been given enough vouchers to be able to buy the Michael Kors watch I was after so I'm feeling very spoilt!
I'm loving all the knitwear talk - I seem to have got lily pollen on my Reiss jumper that I bought - any ideas how to remove gratefully received!

shopafrolic Mon 05-Nov-12 18:04:26

P.S. I loved this on Melissa George on the Jonathan Ross show this weekend. It looked better on her than it does here!

mignonette Mon 05-Nov-12 18:12:44

Am having hissy fit inside my head because it has just cost £970 to get car through MOT.....I know it's our safety (especially the four new tyres) but I can't help thinking what a boring thing to spend all that money on....sad

I dislike spending lots on haircuts as price/salon swank appears to have no correlation with quality of the cut and the stylists ability to actually listen to what I am saying (apologies to all good, attentive stylists out there)

. I have personality disordered hair; it'll only stay how it wants to stay so I just have it trimmed and let it do it's thing..

Re Tuna, the price of tin, rubber, wheat, chocolate has shot up so that probably explains why all tinned goods have shot up and pasta is due to go through the roof soon (well, the price is) so I have been stockpiling it as resent paying a fortune for what really is a basic product in our house. De Cecco has been on offer in Asda and also in Waitrose intermittently.

I do love my underwear and will lash out on it and buy lots of it. DH appreciates it too smile. I do not like spending on socks and get annoyed at the generally rubbish quality of most hosiery. Have resorted to Nora Batty woolly tights because they do last longer although Opaques sometimes have to be worn. I am all about the 'leg hug' offered by woollen tights with a little cotton and lycra in.

Probably spend least on jewellery because 1) I lose it; 2) I break it; 3) my job in psychiatry means I'm advised not to wear things around my neck or in my ears that can be torn out. Sounds lovely....I had an amazing watch and ripped the links apart on the edge of my freezer so that was that and I haven't bothered replacing it. I have a Russian wedding ring I adore and some lovely inherited Cameo rings/earrings plus some Opals from Brazil (Dad worked there) awaiting setting and an antique pearl ring that I just look at and adore from its safety in a jewellery box. The rest of my jewellery collection I'm a bit meh about really...

mignonette Mon 05-Nov-12 18:21:03

Oh Shop, I didn't want to rain on your lingerie parade. You didn't know.

That scarf is so lovely I think I'm going to have to buy one. Since DD moved out taking her lovely scarf collection, I'm a bit bored with mine.
And the Reiss shoes are reminiscent of Bottega Venetta's lovely basket weave leather. Love them and the dress.

RE Lily pollen- If it's not rubbed in you can lightly press sellotape against it and it should lift off. Let the pollen lose it's 'freshness', don't try it on new pollen stains.

Another way is to press against it with the another piece of the same fabric. Said to work but I'd be too scared to try.

I'm so little I'd be able to stand in the split on that skirt- definitely a style for tall elegant women not short ones!

MarshaBrady Mon 05-Nov-12 18:40:18

Me too. On all accounts.

MOT today too! We did new tyres last year, and now need to see a garage about something. I though Kwik Fit did everything but apparently not.

Socks meh for me too I buy the simplest cotton ones I can find. And jewellery. I don't really wear it, engagement ring a family heirloom and wedding ring. Simple-ish but lovely watch from SCP in Shoreditch, no necklaces or earrings.

Shop great to see you post-birthday. Love your outfit very much, the shoes are amazing. And the lovely presents. Hope your ds is feeling better too.

Dona it's fab, good buy.

mignonette Mon 05-Nov-12 18:53:05

We went to KwikFit. I do generally trust them not to load more 'problems' onto the bill because I am not a big hairy man....

We had new tyres on first then a service then MOT which they then called us to tell us it was a fail and did we want the work doing? Like we have a choice.....Our brakes were apparently only just inside the cut off point for halting the MOT as an automatic fail which if they had not have been would have cost us for two MOTs- the 2nd after they were repaired for all the other things not checked because of the legal requirement regarding automatic fails. And our car is only 2 years old!

MarshaBrady Mon 05-Nov-12 19:02:26

Sheesh! Ours is not very old but has embarrassing number of miles on it. It was a bit of risk buying it so every time it passes its MOT we think phew.

Although the problem is an oil leak. I did think KwikFit could fix that, but hey ho. I trust the local KF too, and don't think they'd rip me off. And I look like and am some one who knows very little about cars.

Hopefully Tue 06-Nov-12 16:08:32

I bloody hate MOT time (ours is nearing) - always seems such a waste of money. Obviously I know it isn't, but I loathe spending it nonetheless!

Am feeling v bloaty still after cinema trip last night - too much chocolate, fizzy drink and popcorn!

I like both v cheap and v expensive (well, for me. Obviously we are not talking Beckham-league) jewellery. I like the idea of having a couple of nice pieces to hand on to someone (no idea who, I only have sons! Future DILs maybe), but then I also like having a selection of big, easy to wear pieces, and my budget is not up to precious metal jewellery in those kinds of sizes!

MarshaBrady Tue 06-Nov-12 18:21:31

Funny isn't it a year is quite a long time but the MOT always feels really fast. And all the bits that go with it.

Yes I would not rule out top of the range diamond jewellery that is true! Particularly for evening dress. But slight budget issue there.

mignonette Thu 08-Nov-12 08:19:56

Waking up and shopping at 7 a.m. Not sure whether I am being efficient or I have a problem.

here is what I bought from Cocosa. I do love Mimi Holliday lingerie.

Cocosa also has up to 67% off of Diane Von Furstenburg with some lovely day dresses, shirts and skirts. There's also Goat and Pringle on sale.

mignonette Thu 08-Nov-12 08:21:30

My dream is a Cartier Love Bangle just to continue the jewellery theme...It's screwed on so I won't lose it!

DonaAna Thu 08-Nov-12 08:59:22

Morning all! Back in Rome. It was over 20C in Rome last night - quite a change after a day of light snowfall!!! Lovely to see DH and DC after a long trip.

My tall bespoke riding boots have arrived, they are black and fit great. I could have asked them to make them even taller, turns out I have really long legs. But the fit is lovely, they are very comfortable and I'm not sure whether I'll ever take them off.

Wearing with them a very short old Zara A-line mini, my Filippa K long plum-colored sweater, black opaques and a steel bangle from COS. And my big rose quartz cocktail ring. Can already see that the new boots and opaques will be my winter uniform... Depending on how much I like these I might also get another chestnut-colored pair (to be worn with navy clothes).

The new bras have made a big difference how my tops fit. For the first time, I feel the bra is really doing things for me - actual support and comfort and great shaping. (As a relatively small-breasted woman, I've always thought bras are just decorative. I wonder whether I should explore corsets next...)

Had a good flight last night. Had quite a lot of luggage so upgraded myself to business class (was almost alone there - lots and lots of space and very attentive service) and enjoyed champagne, a great meal, reading the new Tom Wolfe novel and Nov British Vogue. The latter had really great photos (I love, love, love the pared down Phoebe Philo for Celine looks - particularly the white ice-skate-like zipper boots). I like minimalism - I love Raf Simons, Celine, Calvin Klein - sculptural simple but stunning looks. Some parts of Vogue were pretty pathetic though. For example their online shopping guide - ho hum, MN has covered that ground long ago. And some of the writing is pretty excruciating.

Mig I'm clearly a binge shopper but I've adhered to my budget this fall and am quite happy with the things I've bought so far. Shopping can become very addictive though, online shopping in particular - I realized during the summer that I'm sometimes doing it to lift my mood or to fill up empty boring moments. I've unsubscribed all shop newsletters and will try to consider all purchases for some time (days, weeks) before committing. Boots and bras were carefully planned. My three new sweaters were impulse buys (and not from sale) but they were not super-expensive, they update my very dull winter wardrobe and I will not be back at home before end of Jan (when the sales are over). The Filippa K has great CPW status already - I simply can't take it off grin.

Right, need to go back to get luggages sorted, to shop for some food (craving calf liver), and to enjoy the sunshine and blue skies outdoors.

What are you all wearing today?

mignonette Thu 08-Nov-12 09:30:03

Sunny and crisp here today. Glad you had a safe flight, Dona. Who did you travel with-Alitalia and where did you travel to if you are happy to say that online? I do find solo travel a luxury where you can be unreachable and all one has to do is sleep or eat or read for pleasure. We've just booked flights to New Orleans as want to obviously visit NoLa but also plan to travel to Beau Bridge for the Cajun dance breakfasts there. We are then travelling onto Austin for the SouthBySouthWest music festival as have friends in Austin who can buy all access passes at special 'local's rates for us.

I took inspiration from your 'Shopping in my Closet' board Dona and raided my suitcases of clothes in the attic the other day. Found some good forgotten stuff and so glad to not have to buy loads of knitwear. So today I am wearing a new Vera Wang cream linen/cotton cardigan (slight slip up there re buying yet more cardigans), a DVF sage green leaf print blouse top with pleating from Cocosa a while back, JCrew cigarette pants in charcoal grey and heeled Paul Smith chunky shoes- they look like a high heeled brogue.

Love the sound of your boots. Although i am not very tall at all I have disproportionately long legs meaning I cannot easily find tights with enough length. I sometimes have to buy a size up to get the length because of the primitive sizing systems. Unless I buy high end and I deeply resent that.

My perfume is Secret Oudh.

Have just bought Dec Vogue with Vodianova on the cover- Sorry to say but Testino has made her look really odd. I do not like this cover and the theme 'Pop' seems a little incongruous with the Christmas season-are they trying to make the British edition more secular so as to appeal to non Western markets, I wonder? I do like a bit of seasonal kitsch! There's a nice Westfields sponsored shopping guide insert this month with the usual 'this is what I'd like for Christmas' features but some really good gift suggestions too- gorgeous felt fox booties from Heals for children and A Topshop clutch in the classic envelope style that I really really want but am having trouble tracking down the colourway they've featured which is a soft mole shade, pale skin pink and cream.

mignonette Thu 08-Nov-12 14:16:49

Quick post. here is the TopShop clutch but it is in a different colourway to the one in the Vogue Magazine December shopping supplement

MarshaBrady Thu 08-Nov-12 15:30:51

Hey hey everyone, I'll have to check out Vogue Mignon.

Dona I feel the same about the Wang jumper, too handy almost.

I had a meeting to discuss a project today. Apart from actually doing the work, can I say just how much enjoy interviews and meetings to talk about what I know. I do love it.

Afterwards met dh for lunch and indulged in a brief but rather too expensive quick soup and plaice.

Weather is woolly in London now.

MarshaBrady Thu 08-Nov-12 15:39:40

And I mentioned the meeting so to say what I am wearing, and forgot. APC apricot jumper, crisp white shirt buttoned, Wolford tights and pale mini, Lanvin suede black wedges.

mignonette Thu 08-Nov-12 16:15:05

That apricot APC sounds beautiful Marsha.I keep trying to buy that TopShop clutch online but site continuously locks me out..

Have been on call with crisis response team all week due to residual kidney bug and because workplace seems to think wrestling with newly sectioned psych patients at 5 a.m alongside 4 police officers and a psychiatrist who just stood there and did nothing is some sort of convalescent option for run down RMN's!
So lots of time spent mooching about the internet, reading Vogue and making half hearted attempts to do something cerebrally enriching by reading nursing journals (ha) interspersed with call outs usually to cold dark homes in middle of the night and never quite sure as to what I'm going to find when I get there.....

shopafrolic Thu 08-Nov-12 17:54:39

That clutch is fabulous mignon and I love the sound of everyone's outfits today.
DH and I went out for dinner with friends to a Jamie's Italian last night - obviously not as good as the real thing dona but good food and great company. I wore my printed A&W blouse with the blue chinos and my nude Floretes. It is so good to have a wardrobe that makes choosing an outfit a pleasure rather than a chore.
In shopping news I bought my watch today which I am thrilled with - really chunky and heavy
So now I just need to plan what to wear on Saturday night for dinner and cocktails with the girls!
A good week - so far being 40 is perfect!

DonaAna Thu 08-Nov-12 19:08:51

Marsha you sound fabulous as always.

Shop what a great evening - and sorry for being late with this: happy birthday! (So happy you are taking it in stride, as mine is coming up in about 3 months.) And yes, a coordinated wardrobe is great.

Mig take it easy, enjoy the mags and the downtime!

I think my new snug tall boots are a great investment. Instead of boring jeans, I get to flaunt my legs in them - received quite a few lascivious winks from Italian men today confused - was not expecting it as have spent the past week bundled up in totally dull and sexless bootcuts, wellies and padded coats. Gotta love Rome: "winter wear" can mean a sweater dress and a gilet here - or a boucle jacket, opaques, miniskirt and boots...

mignonette Thu 08-Nov-12 20:28:01

sigh at Shops watch. Rose gold is so pretty. My Russian Wedding ring is rose and white gold.

I'll bet the local men loved those boots, Dona....smile

Just ran out to TK Maxx in the hope of snapping up a Missoni scarf. No sign of them and there's a delivery later tonight so they'll call me if they come in.

But.... bought some Christmas gifts. Calvin Klein cashmere and angora grey scarf for StepM, a Y.M.C paisley silk scarf for DH, TwentyEightTwelve angora and cotton sweater for DD, black marl/fleck wool cardigan for me (another cardigan-I'm obsessed), a Johnsons of Elgin cashmere scarf for Gran (bit of a scarf theme going on here) and a whole load of Toni & Guy hair shampoos for the store cupboard.

Noticed a lot of Michael Kors jackets, coats and sweaters plus some lovely Chanel style jackets with fringed, frayed edge to edge lapels in a kind of tweedy space weave, Dents, Cynthia Rowley and Valentino scarves, Calvin Klein handbags and FatFace desert boots in jewel colours alongside brown and bottle green.

shopafrolic Thu 08-Nov-12 20:56:15

Wow! Is that a London TK Maxx?

mignonette Thu 08-Nov-12 21:38:20

I asked them and most of what I've mentioned is in most stores. Cambridge TK Maxx has the Missoni scarves according to a MNer on the TK Maxx thread.

I was impressed with the toiletries- lots of unusual niche brands as well as TiGi. Remembered I saw Michael Kors boxed scarves sets too.

dexter73 Thu 08-Nov-12 21:50:08

You can buy the Missoni scarves online at TK Maxx.

mignonette Thu 08-Nov-12 21:52:08

Thanks Dexter I'll have a look at them. Saw photographs of Marguerite Missoni's wedding this summer and it looked so beautiful although i didn't like her dress so much...

MarshaBrady Fri 09-Nov-12 11:07:27

Dona which ones are your new tall snug boots? They sound lovely. And aw thanks. I have been feeling a bit bleurgh with wardrobe. And I think I've worked out it's actually it's because my school run has increased in time since the new school. And it is uninspiring, I'm looking at other ways to get ds1 to school. Also it was lovely to chat to people in central London, and feel that buzz about work again and I liked the not wearing the usual.

Shop love rose gold too. Love the watch. How lovely, all your presents.

Mignon your work sounds intense. And yes to Vogue, and Natalia V's wacky photo shoot! If that were me, I'd say no wackiness thanks. I always wonder why photographers do those shoots that require a model to jump in the air and look like they're having 'fun'.

DonaAna Fri 09-Nov-12 12:59:57

Marsha I ordered my boots from The Bootmakers - The Balmoral (look better irl than in the pic). Quite basic, but fit me perfectly and they are easy to get on and off, have rubber soles and feel soft and bouncy under my feet unlike many other boots that start hurting my feet on extended walks. My legs are my best part, but also very far from average - extra long, extra skinny calves with very bony skinny ankles and long narrow feet. These might be the first boots ever that really have fitted me. Normal off the peg boots are one several inches too wide at calves which creates a really awkward silhouette and alterations are not straightforward as boots are often cut too wide at the ankle too. I walked perhaps 5km in the new boots yesterday and liked them so much that ordered another (even taller) pair in brown.

I have two Missoni scarves (one from eBay, another from a TK Maxx type discounter in the US). They are really good - add color and style to simple and plain winter outfits. Can recommend them.

I have a hard time finding enough hours for working. Although our household is not big, I want to spend a few hours each day with DC and there is still quite a lot to coordinate, plus my work requires regular trips abroad. Our Nanny has started picking up DD2 from school on several days, which in return extends my working time that day by 2 hours (until 5pm). This morning I was really extravagant: took an 1 hr brisk walk at 9, then showered+did hair+prepared lunch, and only after that started to work. I need some exercise and do not like gyms - I much prefer sunshine at the local park, but as it now gets dusky and dark before 5pm figuring out how to do it is not simple. Tradeoffs, tradeoffs...

Gorgeous watch Shop!

Outfit of the day: Filippa K sweater, black miniskirt and black opaques and sheepskin boots. Stuck in a rut? hmm

mignonette Sat 10-Nov-12 15:14:24

Am wanting to bundle up like a ready to hibernate bear today- camel angora/cotton cardigan of no particular note, Grey Helmut Lang cigarette pants of ancient provenance, pale blue blouse from Heimstone (discovered this brand in Paris), Jasper Conran Western styled ankle boots and my new Mimi Holliday bra from Cocosa-only £24, bargain.

Dona - nice boots. had a browse and the Kensington suede caught my eye too. I do love suede and nubuck.

Marsha I love my profession and being based in the community but sectioning people against their will is never pleasant especially at night when you have to wait for so many other professionals to turn up-GP, Social Worker, police (if problems anticipated), psychiatrist, relatives etc. All unnecessarily distressing. Most of my day is much lower key but on calls are by nature, unpredictable especially bank holidays and weekends. Better than being stuck on the wards though- I left ward work for the community as soon as I could! Where (if you can say) is roughly your line of work? Can you dress as you like?

Who else has restrictions on their clothing choices re work? I cannot wear anything that reveals too much; not that I ever dressed like that anyway. I have always covered up. No dangling necklaces, earrings that can be grabbed, short skirts at work etc for me. Otherwise, no restrictions on colour/style or even smartness.

MarshaBrady Sat 10-Nov-12 15:39:03

Dona they are lovely. I agree it's hard with the looming darkness to find time to go running and I much prefer to be outside than a gym too. I love swimming and swam up to 39 weeks pg with ds2, but these days the thought of all the faff and changing puts me off!

I need some nice boots to walk kms in too, as I tend to do with ds2. Since I didn't keep the rain boots that I couldn't get off.

Oh that must be very hard Mignonette. And yes must be quite a big thing to do, with many turning up to ensure it happens.

I usually work from home, when I do have clients or go in then it's usually a trendy place in Soho, Covent Garden, Farringdon etc. All that kind of creative services stuff. It is the type of work that thrives on the energy and competitiveness of the young to meet the hours they want. Ie long hours, people who don't have to get home. As you get older you have to think of clever ways to keep working if you want to, ie more flexible. I do it off and on, and I do enjoy it as well as other personal work.

I can wear nearly what I wear now. But a tiny bit smarter. So might go for skirt and sweater plus Kors heels. But it's not hugely necessary and some of the younger ones wear whatever they like. But not really client-facing.

MarshaBrady Sat 10-Nov-12 15:42:55

Oh and bought this acne angora sweater today as had a Liberty voucher and am very low on knitwear.

Oh just realised that's MSGM. Ok the winter white version of the acne one that is the same.

Plus it's sold out at Matches so didn't feel too bad about not waiting for the sales.

MarshaBrady Sat 10-Nov-12 15:51:33

This one.

mignonette Sat 10-Nov-12 16:02:50

Oh that is pretty Marsha. I have seen a similar ACNE sweater in palest lime- here

I love their clothes and bought my son one of their sweaters.

This is my Mimi Holliday bra, arrived this morning, here

Your work place and type sounds vibrant. My son was a baby model and attended so many castings in that part of London. The shoots/filmings were invariably set in the less 'salubrious' parts of town though- industrial estates in Acton and freezing warehouse studios in Old St....

shopafrolic Sat 10-Nov-12 16:25:09

Hi all, just checking in in advance of cocktails and dinner tonight with 11 girlfriends. I am going to keep the outfit quite simple I think.
This blouse
These chinos
These shoes
And the watch.
I also have a huge cocktail ring and my clutch

What do you all think. Am I being too dull as birthday girl?

mignonette Sat 10-Nov-12 16:38:06

I didn't know Gina did bags, Shop.

Not dull at all- classic clothes are never dull and your chino's are not only a lovely colour but look very sharp as they are cut closer to the leg and ankle. I do like an exposed ankle with high heels. Together with your beaded clutch, it instantly says 'evening'.

shopafrolic Sat 10-Nov-12 16:41:23

Thank you! I was getting a little worried. You have calmed my nerves.
Love the ACNE sweaters and your beautiful bargain bra!

Bonsoir Sat 10-Nov-12 16:49:01

shopaholic - your outfit is lovely and you just need my brand new über glam fake fur jacket from Bellerose (or similar) to finish it off! What coat were you planning on wearing?

Bonsoir Sat 10-Nov-12 16:49:32

shopafrolic blush sorry!

shopafrolic Sat 10-Nov-12 16:54:50

Ooooo link to the coat Bonsoir or drop it round!! grin
That is my main issue. I am a little light on coats so I may have to go without - not sure my cream Whistles blazer will work. Only other options are black fitted blazer, grey blazer, long black fake fur, Barbour or my MaxMara grey coat but it is huge and snugly!

Bonsoir Sat 10-Nov-12 16:59:03

How about the huge and snuggly MaxMara, and belt it with a non-matching belt, tied à la Martin Margiela?

MarshaBrady Sat 10-Nov-12 16:59:55

Shop I love it! So chic.

Mignon thanks. It's quite good but so very different from parent-life that I find myself hopping from one world to the next when it feels too claustrophobic. Madness. How cute re modeling!

Bonsoir Sat 10-Nov-12 17:01:13

Here. I bought it on a shopping spree to Brussels yesterday. I wore it today with the collar up and a nude décolleté, skinny cords and high sheepskin/sued wedge ankle boots.

MarshaBrady Sat 10-Nov-12 17:01:53

I like Bonsoir's idea too, Max Mara sounds really lovely.

MarshaBrady Sat 10-Nov-12 17:07:57

Lovely Bonsoir!

shopafrolic Sat 10-Nov-12 17:15:01

This is the coat........ I'm not sure......

shopafrolic Sat 10-Nov-12 17:15:44

That coat is fabulous Bonsoir

mignonette Sat 10-Nov-12 17:23:20


That is one coat of fabulosity.....And a new place for me to browse (shop)....

Shop - i would go with the big snuggly coat too because it is a great contrast to the sleek lines of your outfit underneath. Belted with either a wide grosgrain ribbon or leather belt is a wonderful idea of Bonsoirs. Grey, too goes well with pale creams and whites and especially well with those pants.

Of the others, I can't quite make out if your shirt is cream or white on my screen but I do think cream blazers can look really elegant with a top of the same shade, a darker pant and an evening shoe. The total effect just looks expensive and understated. I wouldn't wear black with that pale clutch and shoe.

Marsha -my son was scouted in the street by an employee of the Elizabeth Smith Modelling Agency. Not something I would have considered and we quit when he was two after a make up artist warned me I'd end up like the parents of some of the older children on a commercial he was filming- some of them had told their children's schools that they weren't to play out in the playground in the 5 days before a job because of the risk of scabs/bruises etc! I was appalled, said so to the baby wrangler and make up artist and that's when that was said to me. DS got the cover of Mother&Baby Magazine and Parents and did some TV and editorial. It was interesting but bizarre. Having a chauffered car sent to collect him once, seeing the driver standing at the station with son's name on a card and his look of shock when instead of a business person, a 5 month old baby in a car seat turned up!

mignonette Sat 10-Nov-12 17:25:09

Love the coat but might it be quite dominating over what is such a light, elegant outfit, Shop? Obviously I cannot see what they look like together but maybe the cream or grey blazer would work?

Bonsoir Sat 10-Nov-12 17:27:24

Thanks smile. I'd been looking at down jackets - there are loads of parka-style ones around this year - and just couldn't bring myself to spend all that money on something that really doesn't flatter me (I've tried 100s, in loads of makes, to come to that conclusion). And then I was in Bellerose, shopping for DD, when I spotted that fake fur which was both cheaper (EUR 189) and a lot more glamorous than a down jacket. Not so waterproof, but hey-ho, you can't have it all...

mignonette Sat 10-Nov-12 17:32:30

I have to buy a new coat and I am dithering over it. I have plenty of old coats but feel it is time for something new. here is the kind of style that I like as it is a departure from what I have but do not want to break the bank price wise.

I do like fake furs but being five feet 2, I kind of look like a diminutive honey monster in them if I am not careful. I do not wear real fur.

I have a parka for banging about every day in, a cream cashmere classic MaxMara and plenty of jackets. I just want something new....Suggestions anyone

Oh, and I feel the heat easily so nothing too snuggly or padded.

shopafrolic Sat 10-Nov-12 17:34:01

Thanks all - the blouse is a chalky white so I'll try it with the cream laser and the Sportmax coat. I really appreciate your input. Seem to have a last minute attack of nerves!
Dashing now but will read all the other tales soon. Have lovely evenings all.


shopafrolic Sat 10-Nov-12 17:36:59

Blazer not laser! Bloomin autocorrect!

Popcornia Sun 11-Nov-12 18:30:04

Hello all! Apologies for my radio silence. I've been up to my eyesbrows in work and have been away on an assignment this week.

Mignonette, I've had my eye on that coat as well and have been meaning to give it a try. Now that I've (mostly) sorted my work wardrobe I need to turn my thoughts to a flattering winter work coat. My challenge will be to find a balance between something that fits well with a tightly defined waist, and something I can wear a blazer/suit jacket beneath.

Bonsoir, I love the faux fur. Like Mignonette, I love that look but it's one that I tend to admire on others rather than wear myself. Gorgeous, though.

Shop, your outfit sounded fantastic and I hope you've had a great night out.

Dona, I hope the riding boots will be photo'ed and posted...

I have little to report except that I'm really pleased with how my work wardrobe is functioning. This week I discovered that my beloved Sandro Ruffus dress can be successfully styled with my Ted Baker blazer - the reds do the current tonal colour blocking quite well. I belted the jacket over the dress with a wide black belt with brown piping and a heavy antiqued gold buckle, and wore my snake courts. So nice when old items play well with new ones!

My latest purchase is a pair of Mary Portas cigarette trousers - polyester hell, but the cut is great on me and the price appeallingly reduced. I am finding this is my greatest shopping dilemma at the moment - some of the most desirable brands (Whistles, COS) are made of good materials but are clearly cut with a completely different body in mind, while less reputable ones are suiting me rather better. (Oh no, déclassé right down to bone structure - what to do? wink)

What are you all thinking of the MMM collection for H&M? I suspect much of it isn't for me, but some of the accessories are appealing very much.

Popcornia Sun 11-Nov-12 18:31:58

Oh weird, the blazer link didn't work. Try this.

Bonsoir Sun 11-Nov-12 19:51:18

I'm not at all impressed by Martin Margiela @ H&M. I noted the date in my diary ages ago but I'm not sure I'll bother going. So disappointing as I loved Marni @ H&M and got amazing wear out of it all.

DonaAna Sun 11-Nov-12 20:56:23

I like the MMM collection but am not sure whether I'll drag myself to Corso to queue for them. Many of the pieces are conceptual statement makers, but to go to places where I would wear a sculptural dress with a third sleeve (say an opening), would I take the risk that someone else or quite a few others would be making the same statement? Plus I already have a MMM leather skirt.

Great weekend, drove to Frascati in the morning and spent the afternoon at MAXXI, children amok among architectural mockups. There is a film festival going on in our part of town and we are leaving for Tuscany on Thursday.

Pop great to hear from you!

MarshaBrady Sun 11-Nov-12 21:11:25

Pop yes love that outfit and great to hear from you.

Mignon how lovely to have great shots of your ds. Will ponder on the coat thing.

Shop how was last night?

Sounds lovely Dona.

I haven't seen the MM at HM stuff yet. Will check it out.

Wore new winter white (yes that's winter white grin) angora acne today to lunch at favourite place. Had a glass of champagne (really I do the same all the time) and then some lovely lamb. I took the jumper off when I got home, all my jumpers are getting so worn that I want to keep just one thing that is pristine as possible. No toddler hand prints.

mignonette Mon 12-Nov-12 15:53:22


That is a lovely Damson-y shade and works so well with the snake shoes. I love Sandro.

My son has some MMM- a jacket, sweaters and a weird T shirt thingy. I' m more than happy wearing the odder clothes but the Hennes collaboration has poor fabrics- MMM really needs the good fabric to make the difficult cuts to hang properly. Same with some of the TopShop collabs; look great in editorial-not so good in the flesh.

Still coat hunting. It will be Spring before I find one. Tried on an Ocelot print fake fur Peter Pan coloured 60's style coat and whilst I loved the coat, it did not love me. I looked like a furry overgrown child. I like the cocoon coats but am not tall. COS coats are lovely. Think it'll be yet another Crombie style (yawn).

Marsha- winter white fluff- that is fashion bravery with children!

Spent Saturday clearing out the cellar which despite it's conversion, has ended up as a dumping ground since DD moved out. After a lot of taking of stuff to charity shops, we now have a bright 'new' music room and library. And I found a suitcase full of clothes which is always a lovely surprise-mostly Summer stuff but some really lovely dresses I had forgotten about- the blush

shopafrolic Mon 12-Nov-12 16:52:37

Hi all! Apologies for radio silence yesterday - I was a little the worse for wear. Too much Prosecco and then Limoncello - they made me do it and I regretted it all of Sunday. I can't bear limoncello - to me it tastes of lemony soap and yet I still went there. I obviously have more growing up to do this decade!
In terms of outfit, the grey blazer actually worked really well and kept the look quite structured so thanks all as I probably wouldn't have tried it and would have frozen instead.
The prospect of a white sweater with 21mth old DS.........hmm
The music room sounds fantastic Mignon my dream space - it sounds perfect.
I have been given gift vouchers for John Lewis and Jones the Bootmaker so am now considering next purchases. I'm watching the coat hunting ideas with interest.

Bonsoir Mon 12-Nov-12 17:48:58

I went to Uniqlo today and there are lots of really very nice and bargainous ultra-thin down jackets (well under EUR 100), including one which was slightly trapeze shaped with a shawl collar. If I were really in need of a warm coat I would buy one right now, and carry on looking for the über-elegant coat-of-my-dreams.

MarshaBrady Tue 13-Nov-12 14:29:09

It's because I have child-free time these days. That's the only reason why it has entered my wardrobe grin. It's safe in nice crisp tissue paper in my drawer when children are here.

Oh yes to music room and library Mignonette. How lovely.

Shop sounds like a great night, good work on the vouchers.

I have ordered some outnet stuff, but not sure on it. Will report back if anything good.

MarshaBrady Tue 13-Nov-12 14:29:50

Looking forward to seeing the über-elegant coat-of-your-dreams Bonsoir.

mignonette Tue 13-Nov-12 14:34:04

The luxury of space now children flying the nest helps mitigate missing them!

I have so many books and DVDs and cannot chuck out many as i do collect them. I also operate an informal lending library to friends/colleagues, smile.

Clothing heading the same way.....

Still no coat. Padded coats just do not suit me. I have a lovely parka that is years old which will do for most every day things and a nice cream cashmere mix formal coat plus the usual collection of blazers/jackets but a proper coat has always been the elusive item for me.

DonaAna Tue 13-Nov-12 15:05:23

Bonsoir I think ultra-thin is the key.
I'm normally absolutely not padded coat wearer.
I feel like a Russian peasant in them.
(My mother taught me about fur and it's difficult to wear anything else after getting used to the smooth warmth of a good mink coat.)

Last year I found a very good olive green down coat at an outlet for less than 50€ (likely marked down because it has very slim sleeves - perfect for me) - it's slightly quilted but not Michelin man puffy. I wear it a lot because it's warm and easy but I feel much more stylish in a navy pea coat or a full length wool coat or a fur coat.

I have a freaky number of coats. Not sure how many, but more than 20 definitely. And still always on the lookout for a new one...

Bonsoir Tue 13-Nov-12 15:22:52

Marsha - I tried on a really fabulous oversize houndstooth check coat in Jil Sander a month or two ago. That is my current coat of my dreams! But I don't know when I'd wear it!

Hopefully Tue 13-Nov-12 17:07:57

Loving the chat here at the moment, but struggling to find time to post!

Am sporting my leather leggings today. I really do rather love them. Teamed them with cream oversized silk shirt and purple patent LKB pointy courts for client lunch today.

Hopefully Tue 13-Nov-12 17:08:42

And also they are nice and warm in the autumn chill!

Bonsoir Tue 13-Nov-12 18:40:00

Hopefully - I agree about the autumn chill - it's freezing here in Paris. I wore my navy J Brand skinny cords, a white man's style shirt, my new fake fur jacket and a navy woolly hat today! With my ever-faithful Tod's black suede flat ankle boots for all those Paris kilometres, and my black Goyard leather tote that I bought in 2000 and recently got out again and love! Both roomy and very elegant.

mignonette Tue 13-Nov-12 18:45:31


I have always loved cords. I found an old pair of rust coloured needlecord pants at the bottom of a suitcase whilst clearing out the cellar but they are a bit bootleg. The shape is a flattering one but unsure as to the bootleg these days. it just doesn't suit my style these days. Hopefully that'll change as they are beautiful.

Loving all the fake fur especially the 50's and 60's style short little coats with peter pan colours and brightly coloured silk linings. That flash of colour is so modern next to the fur....

Am in old purple Alberta Ferretti dress, Ochre yellow cardigan from Gap years ago, black tights and ancient Frye Boots. Colour combination sounds foul but it works in a Fugly way!

Am otherwise miserable because my cat has disappeared, totally out of character and I feel helpless as to what to do now it is dark....

Bonsoir Tue 13-Nov-12 18:54:06

Oh no, mignonette sad! I hope your cat turns up soon!

I love ochre, and especially for cardigans. I have a once-gorgeous, much-loved fine ochre cashmere cardigans from Whistles that I bought in February 2009 and is beginning to droop. It has an amazing cut - could be Marni. I am very sad that it only has one summer left in it. I especially love those ugly colours over silk blouses...

Can you sew up your cords from the knee to make them skinny?

Hopefully Tue 13-Nov-12 19:19:50

I am having a 'suit' (double breasted waistcoat and pencil skirt) made in a lovely yellow ochre silk/cotton twill at the moment, it's shaping up brilliantly. The fabric is Prada (I know a shop in Brighton that buys ends of bolts from the factories that produce for Prada, d&g, Cavalli and a couple of randoms that I've never heard of), so is gorgeous quality.

Hopefully Tue 13-Nov-12 19:20:48

mig sad, hope your cat turns up soon.

mignonette Tue 13-Nov-12 19:24:27

That cardigan sounds lovely Bonsoir. Could you not ask a dressmaker to put some stiffenings into the seams? Sometimes a rejig is possible, I'm keen on getting clothes altered and should have the cords taken in as they are such a rich glowing colour. I often have my cardigan plackets/button panels lined with coloured Grosgrain ribbon to give body and a flash of colour be it clashing or complimentary.

You have reminded me-my brain is all consumed with horrid-cat-fate-scenarios tonight and I do not know whether I am being premature in worrying or not....sad

I'm all about the Fugly. Prada, Miu Miu and Marni are my go to for that as their clothes seem to me to be for a woman who likes dressing for herself, not to attract a man. Not that that's a bad thing but I like their philosophy.

mignonette Tue 13-Nov-12 19:24:55

I mean 'you have reminded me to alter my cords' Bon

mignonette Tue 13-Nov-12 19:27:42


what a great idea- a bespoke suit. Near my parents' is a famous silk mill that makes Paul Smith fabrics amongst others. I have bought upholstery fabric and ticking for sheets from there. I must find out what other designers they manufacture for. They wove the silks for most of the recent Royal wedding dresses-Diana's was one although I probably wouldn't boast about that meringue smile.....

shopafrolic Wed 14-Nov-12 08:10:25

mignonette I just read about your cat on another thread and am so very sorry. Sending virtual hugs and positive thoughts for your son's driving test this morning x

mignonette Wed 14-Nov-12 08:14:05

Thank you Shop

We are all devastated. sad

Bonsoir, snap! Wearing burgundy skinny cords and cropped light grey fake fur jacket today. Albeit with studded biker boots and cross body bag. So warm and cosy!

Mignonette, hope your cat has turned up and is purring on your lap.

DonaAna Wed 14-Nov-12 08:32:03

Oh so sorry to hear that Mig!
Fritzi lovely to see you here - love your outfit. Sounds devastatingly chic.

Weather in Italy is still summerlike, and I hope it stays that way, as we are off to a long weekend in Tuscany tomorrow.

The tall leather boots seemed to be the missing link in my wardrobe. Now that I have them I'm getting so much wear out of existing stuff in my wardrobe - I'm in love again with a black pleated leather miniskirt from Topshop (Catholic schoolgirl goes kinky). And have also been wearing my mock Marant cardigan (vintage Zara wink - do you remember the black cashmere cardis with silver stripes - I bought mine for 15 euros and have gotten a surprising amount of wear from it).

Sheer black tights are black in fashion here in Italy - I've seen so many very young women looking exquisite in them. Need to get more of them.

Bonsoir Wed 14-Nov-12 11:17:04

Mignonette - so very sorry to read about your cat. Take care of yourself.

It's freezing in Paris today - have my skinny cords and lace-up thick soled brown Tod's boots on, with my fur jacket again. Grrrrrrr.

mignonette Wed 14-Nov-12 14:19:15

The weather is sunny, cool and the sky is a pale Winter blue. It is a beautiful day; pathetic fallacy not applying today...Have buried Thomas cat under a hazel tree on our allotment. He has his catnip Kong toy that he likes to lie full length on and we'll plant a Nepeta plant on top of his grave to reflect his slavish adoration of catnip. I am sorry for harping on about him and promise I'll try to not mention it again on this thread after today. This thread should be lighthearted as a counterpoint to all that is not, really.....I am just so distressed. I do not know what to do with myself today as the deaths of my Father and my cat have contracted together into one ball of pain....Had lovely email from our Vet though saying how sorry they are which really helps doesn't it, to have a little animals life and impact acknowledged like that....

Have my ochre cardigan on again, a burgundy cap sleeved H&M T shirt (absolutely rubbish quality and never again will I waste even £7:99 on their T's), a black MaxMara A line heavy Jersey skirt, black woollen tights and Marni Black heels with black woven crochet design appliqued onto them.

Bit of a mixed bag but dressing myself at all in anything other than PJ's is an achievement to be commented upon....

Why is it that H&M men's T shirts are of better quality fabric and construction than the womens? DH has quite a few of their T's and long sleeved T's and they don't stretch and twist around the body like the women's do. They are also less expensive. Bought DH a striped Henley long sleeve made from a good thermal style rib cotton for £7. Women's thin T's are £7:99+ for much much less.....Mystery???

I was reading this month's 'Elle' magazine and it has a lovely interview with Peaches Geldof and she is wearing the most delicious Jill Sander dress here is a photograph of it. The interview is actually very moving; talking of Paula Yates death, Peaches states that her Father made them go to school the next day as his mentality was "To keep calm and carry on as normal".

Peaches is looking very good these days and the interview made me view her with more compassion that I used to.

What do you all think of this coat? Not as an 'classic/forever' coat, rather a piece of on trend frivolity?


And further browsing has led me to this-


I am ordering these pants here from Atterley Road for myself-

I notice that Russell&Bromley have launched their first online shopping site, UK now and International soon. After seeing Victoria Beckham of all people in flats I may have to look for a pair of Monk fastening Brogues similar to the VB ones in her S/S1213 show. I do love a Fugly shoe.

Does anybody read the Patternity blog?- www.patternity.co.uk/

Reading this has heightened my awareness of pattern and texture in my environment generally and makes me want to enrol on that Jewellery design or Textile design course that I have been flirting with for Years. Having qualified in Horticulture and planting design years ago whilst working in Psychiatry in tandem (26 yrs to be precise) before it became such a mainstream occupation, my interest in Botanical design has always been there but it would be good to do something with it when perhaps I decide to move on from my current profession. For example, Whenever I see a lichen or moss I can see how I would turn it into a piece of Jewellery or a fabric.

I managed to have articles published in several mainstream gardening/planting design magazines back in the 80's and feel like I have some skills 'in the bank' so to speak. More and more I see the 'noughties' (for want of a better word) as a decade marked by cross pollination- we can use existing abilities and interests in ways that are not linear and in an unexpected fashion.
One thing i do find curious is when I read a description of a beauty product or perfume that contains the scent from a plant/or part of a plant that I know from my botanical studies does not have a scent or certainly not a scent that has the properties ascribed to it by the manufacturer! I realise that scents these days are not extracted in the time honoured tradition any more, but even with modern techniques, there is a great deal of disingenuity in the beauty world....

Finally, what fashion/beauty gifts do you plan to give this year? Who is getting what?

So far I have bought DD a Black rubber Marc Jacobs bracelet from MyWardrobe.com and this Anthropologie lace blouse


This Wang Racer T for her stocking - www.theoutnet.com/product/340661

and this Great Plains rabbit print cowl neck T here

Opinions please on this Bellerose dress versus the NW3 fox print dress here and

here which are both perfect for DD's style which is very quirky/prim if that doesn't sound like a contradiction....

This for MIL -http://www.theoutnet.com/product/349386http://www.theoutnet.com/product/330766

Am tempted by this coat for weekend casual for myself -

Which of these scarves would you prefer for my Mother? She is adventurous with colour, print and designers, is small in width and height (!)



I love Atterley Road so thank you to the poster who introduced me to this site.

shopafrolic Wed 14-Nov-12 15:25:59

Mignonette - where to start? A beautiful spot for your cat to be laid to rest, my childhood rabbits were laid under the lavender bush in my parents garden and it still brings back memories as I pass....
I had meant to say how much I loved your lichen and natural textures on Pin. I took lots of photos of peeling tree barks at Kew a few years back and love the colours and texture. I can see how these could easily be interpreted into beautiful jewellery.
I haven't got time to look at all your links but I love the NW3 fox print dress for your DD and I already have my eye on the Mynuka scarves so my vote goes there.
I also love Atterley Road - I found it after a recommendation in Style magazine - it was set up by an ex Jigsaw designer I believe. In terms of Christmas gifts i have bought my niece the Christmas limited edition Chanel nail varnish - Malice. And the eyeshadow duo for my SIL. The Christmas colours came out last week and are beautiful.
Country clothing day today - rust coloured skinny cords, A&W camel and black striped sweater, Dubarry boots and my Chrysalis tweed Bloomsbury coat. Took DS to an animal farm where he has had so much fun riding on tractors and shouting MOOOOOO at cows!

I need to find a coat that I can wear day to day but also for evenings out with skinnies and heels. I am so tempted by the links that are being posted, I also want to try this
www.jigsaw-online.com/moss-tweed-peacoat//jigsaw-clothing/fcp-product/5362 not sure about the colour if it is deep enough for me.....
and I love this as a classic which I think I would use again and again
and this is also fab but I can't tell what colour it is as the video footage is more orange than red
any preferences please?

Bonsoir Wed 14-Nov-12 15:42:42

shopafrolic - I can't see your Jigsaw link. Of the two Maison Scotch coats you linked to, I much preferred the camel one. Have you looked at the Maison Scotch site, Scotch & Soda, directly? DD has quite a lot of stuff from Scotch R'belle, their girls line.

shopafrolic Wed 14-Nov-12 15:46:17
mignonette Wed 14-Nov-12 15:47:30


I think you may have found me a coat [happy]. The Jigsaw Moss Tweed jacket/coat is just what I want and I didn't even know it. Oh thank you [flowers]....You have no idea how annoying my coat search has been for me because 1) I have always struggled with finding my coat 'type' and 2) I feel the heat very easily and so cannot wear the snuggly 'coat coats' that I see other women looking wonderful in. Even if that particular Jigsaw coat isn't the one for me, I now have a real sense about the kind of coat I want, and more importantly the kind of coat that is 'me'...

Regarding your choice, I of course adore the Jigsaw but also really like the Maison Scotch red 'Princess/Crombie cross. it is an interesting cut and line because it has that slight graduated 'A' line from the yoke that suggests Princess yet has the sleekness and single back flap of a crombie. The photo's make it look red, the video suggests a more orange hue. Both are pleasing. of course, you know which shade will suit the clothing you wish to wear under it better.

The Camel coat has a great 'slouch' to it, like a modern version of the Zoot suit jackets with that longer line over the waist and hips. I can see this looking so cool both daytime and also thrown casually over really smart evening clothes. I once heard it said that you should "wear a cloth coat as though it were a fur and wear your fur as casually as if it were a cloth coat". Can you imagine this with a YSL style Tux underneath with the coat draped over your shoulders? Or worn with a cocktail dress, spiked Manolos and bare legs? Very city chic. Very nonchalant (though of course it wouldn't be!)

Would love to see a photograph of your clothing choices, Shop. They are a Microcosm of autumnal shades (if that is the right term) and the A&W stripe sweater....I imagine that adds a really interesting twist...I am especially curious about your Chrysalis Tweed coat as I do love a Tweed. Have you seen all the Harris Tweed products that are a result of the company diversifying and broadening its customer base? Harris Tweed headphones, covered hipflasks, beautiful rustic yet modern washbags and weekend bags for Next....

Also your Kew pictures...can you pin them? Am always on the look out for tree bark. The melange of colours of Autumnal Eucalyptus bark would make the most beautiful fabric, I think.

mignonette Wed 14-Nov-12 15:48:34

Darn it....thanks for shop for coat finding....

shopafrolic Wed 14-Nov-12 16:17:05

Hurrah! Some good news today then Mignon - all my clothes are on Pin if you want to see pictures. The A&W striped knit is there on my AW12 board.
I have no idea how to pin actual photos onto Pin so I will investigate and see if I can get the bark up there. If not and you are happy to then PM me your email and I can email you them.......
The Chrysalis coat is here
MUCH better in real life - shooting websites have no idea how to make clothes look good! I have seen the Harris Tweed for NEXT - not sure how good the quality would be?.......
Am seriously tempted to get the camel coat...........

shopafrolic Wed 14-Nov-12 16:20:11

Bonsoir I looked on the S&S website but can't spot the coat - perhaps it's not this season?

DonaAna Wed 14-Nov-12 16:34:08

Enjoying the coat talk.

I made another AW purchase - another sweater from Filippa K. Loving the minimalism of it.

shopafrolic Wed 14-Nov-12 16:34:38

Mignon - I have posted 3 pics to my Mumsnet profile (they have been resized so don't look as good as the originals) but they should give you the general idea. They were taken in 2005 and I have no recollection as to what tree the grey and camel coloured bark was on but I loved it.....

shopafrolic Wed 14-Nov-12 17:07:56

Found a £25 off Atterley Road voucher online and that has swung it. I've ordered the Maison Scotch camel coat in a 12 and a 14 (fingers crossed for free returns!) and will try it on. I think it could work well within my existing wardrobe and would have solved my problem on Saturday night. Will report back on quality and fit.
Love the sweater Dona

mignonette Wed 14-Nov-12 17:21:00


Good luck with the coat- good choice and it will never ever date...
The Harris Tweed range from Next is endorsed by the Harris Company so would imagine the range is pretty good. I love the headphone collaboration too. I have these all on Pin. cannot get onto your profile for some reason but will definitely have a look at your today clothing choices as they do sound great.

You can pin photo's from your 'my photos' file on your computer/laptop. Go onto settings and Pin tells you what to do. My DD had to show me-I am a complete Troglodyte with I.T. I'll PM you later- have a pile of Christmas online shopping to get through plus boring old bills....

Dona I like your Filippa K sweater; the weave looks soft. Winter White has a gentle glow so much more suited to the often glaring harshness of Winter sun hasn't it? Frames the face and neck in a kinder manner. Atterley Road has Filippa K on sale when I shopped there today and yesterday.

shopafrolic Wed 14-Nov-12 17:24:56
mignonette Wed 14-Nov-12 17:27:31

Have had a browse and commented Shop. I am following you, I believe. Am getting Hobbs Pug T for DD-she will likely cry with delight when she sees that print.

MarshaBrady Thu 15-Nov-12 10:59:01

Morning lovely ones.

Dona love your new Filippa K. Looks very warm and cosy.

Mignonette sorry to hear about your beloved cat sad. And your Father too. Yes you write well about scents and design, you should go for it. I love the Bellerose dress and the Farhi scarf. What great discounts going to check that site out.

Bonsoir the Jil Sander sounds divine, I think you should go for it! I loved an oversized Marant in Liberty but dithered and I can't believe they actually did sell out right at the beginning of the season (may have been etoile as it wasn't hugely expensive). I love your autumn Paris outfit. I think I will get some skinny cords in the sales.

Shop I love the green Jigsaw coat.

Hopefully your legging and cream silk shirt outfit for client lunch is sublime. I would love to have that outfit.

Hi Fritzi great to see you on here. Love burgundy skinny cords with fake fur.

Marni does amazing colours, all a little 'off'. I have a difficult yellow Marni tshirt on its way now, have yet to be able to wear Marni colours but will see what it's like.

MarshaBrady Thu 15-Nov-12 11:06:35

Love the camel coat too Shop

Went to a great party last night. Can't beat a really good party. Good guests, fabulous fun. Did wear the Lanvin but failed to get a decent shot (apols, apols I will I will I have more parties). The only thing is it creases like nothing else. I need tactics to keep the grosgrain ribbon type pleats straight and uncreased.

MarshaBrady Thu 15-Nov-12 11:13:38

Pop hope work is good, if busy then good busy. For some reason the busy up to my eyebrows made me smile. And grin at déclassé right down to bone structure.

This is the Marni tshirt. I rathered liked the 70 per cent off bit too of course. Will see if I can wear Marni yellow.

mignonette Thu 15-Nov-12 11:22:19

The Marni yellow is perfect Marsha. I love a yellow. It is pink that doesn't suit me. Bet that Marni would look good with a darker Grey (Charcoal) and a Burgundy/OxBlood. I'd also try it with a darker blue, maybe Airforce and Slate blue alongside navy. Another trick is to wear a lighter vest or thin T underneath so that a little of the colour shows around the edges of the yellow if you aren't sure about it next to your skin....

DonaAna Thu 15-Nov-12 11:38:24

Ooh great purchases!
I absolutely love the Marni tee Marsha! On our way to Tuscany - we'll whizz past the Prada outlet in about 2 hrs. We are not entering - am not masochistic enough to go outlet shopping with 2 DC...

mignonette Thu 15-Nov-12 11:41:35

Ha ha you have more self control than I would have Dona. We've just booked flights to Alghero for a mid week break in December (when it is quiet). Need to get away....

MarshaBrady Thu 15-Nov-12 11:43:51

Great suggestions thanks Mignon!, yes I don't think I've found a pink I can do really. Maybe a pale pink but not a really strong one.

Dona have a great time! and thanks! Is it freezing?

(not sure why I wrote rathered confused, will blame the champagne last night)

mignonette Thu 15-Nov-12 11:50:22

And today I am wearing Navy and burgundy striped cotton cardigan of no particular brand (can't remember where it is from), JCrew pleated blouse top in faded grey and white very faint checks, a Charcoal grey JBrand cigarette leg jean, Jasper Conran for Debenhams high heeled boot (copy of the ACNE ones) and Marc Jacobs cotton jersey scarf.

Talking of Jasper Conran, he is currently visiting Debenhams stores where his luggage range is sold. A close family member manages said luggage department and was told by Conran's P.A that "Mr Conran likes to be addressed as Monsieur Conran" to which family member replied innocently with tongue firmly in cheek "Oh is Conran a French name then as i thought he was a proud Englishman?"

God the pretentiousness.......

mignonette Thu 15-Nov-12 11:56:44

Marsha My yellows go well with a marine blue and white stripe silk scarf. Both warm and cold yellows seem to suit this shade.

Bonsoir Thu 15-Nov-12 11:59:44

envy at weekend in Tuscany! The last time I was in Tuscany was a long weekend in Florence for the 2011 Autumn half-term - it already feels like far too long ago!

Yellow is a great colour - one I mistakenly avoided in my youth and discovered about 4 or 5 years ago.

I went shopping in my road this morning - to Annick Goutal, where I bought Ninfeo Mio, which I had seen DonaAna raving about on another thread. Gorgeous. It is deceptive as the top notes are so lemony and fresh, but it deepens quickly to a much more wintry and grown-up scent. I then popped next door to Tara Jarmon and bought a large racoon fur silk-lined collar, for wearing over plain jersey and coats. Very cosy. I also bought four turquoise bird Christmas tree decorations in my favourite local florists. Even if I am happy with my general Christmas tree theme and look, I like to buy a few new things every year and make sure it looks fresh.

DonaAna Thu 15-Nov-12 12:08:57

Bonsoir I love Tara Jarmon! And am happy you like Ninfeo - that and Eau du Sud are Italy in a bottle.

Our trip to Tuscany is quite prosaic - a car packed to the max and we called this morning to check whether the roads were still under water: along the motorway just outside Rome there was a huge lake.

We want to bring back a few cases of freshly pressed olive oil, wine and grappa - but how? Will have boxes in my lap...

MarshaBrady Thu 15-Nov-12 12:53:50

Lovely, lovely shopping Bonsoir.

I saw a new Tara Jarmon shop in construction the other day. Must have been Regent St. Will check it out.

Marni tshirt is gorgeous, but so delicate. Completely see-through. Bit of a pain to wear something under tshirts to wear a tshirt. Tempted to keep it, but might be silly.

Does anyone have those types of tshirts? Delicate see-through ones, do you regret keeping them?

Also this merino petrol blue sweater. Now the colour is gorgeous. But I'm not great with elbow patches. But I think I will keep it as it is so soft, warm and helps with knitwear crisis.

Shop I can't recall did you get a petrol blue sweater?

MarshaBrady Thu 15-Nov-12 12:54:15

And yes Tuscany sounds gorgeous Dona.

Bonsoir Thu 15-Nov-12 13:03:00

envy again, at freshly pressed olive oil. I have just returned from my local independent supermarket, which has a great Italian section where I buy decent olive oil, pasta, proper tuna, capers etc - and I am sure it is about to close! The shelves are practically empty. Thing is, it's in very bad spot - it's part of a mini-chain of independent supermarkets and gosh do we need better supermarkets, with higher quality food, in Paris - and there have never been many customers, unlike in the Victor Hugo branch which is always packed. And now there is a huge new shopping centre just outside the périphérique with a massive Leclerc and an M&S that are going to provide huge competition for all the local supermarkets. So one that was already doing badly just will not make it, I suspect.

Am a bit sad, too, that DP won't be returning from Milan tonight with his usual 4 kilos of fresh ravioli, tortellini etc. His day is apparently just too full to pop to the shops for me!

mignonette Thu 15-Nov-12 16:22:08

Like that petrol blue Marsha; the yellow Marni would look great peeking out from underneath it.

I love the tissue thin T's and I tend to layer them as they aren't too bulky. They look good worn over another tissue thin racer back T in a contrasting or toning shade. They are very adaptable and wash and wear better than the thicker cotton.

This site here has just launched as the Interiors equivalent of NetAPorter/Outnet. I love it already. Join free now to gain extra discount.

I'm looking forward to restocking the pantry with Sardi goodies- Bottarga, Pane Carasau, Dolce Sardo because we have to pay a premium to get them from places like Vallebona or Valvona and Crolla. I also buy stocks of pasta shapes and brands that are a little more elusive in the UK such as Maloreddus.

I like to get a few new tree ornaments each year, Bonsoir especially if they have a link with somewhere special or a meaningful event. Have bought some lovely glass angels with pretty bellshaped glass skirts, a red Routemaster London bus, Red telephone box and a Black cab from Heals and a little local independent store.

mignonette Thu 15-Nov-12 17:01:02

here is my pick of Nina Ricci on Cocosa.com-

I'm not sure about this Citrine Matthew Williamson tux so any thoughts please?-https://www.cocosa.com/Sale/Product/?pid=37214&sid=17048

But these Casadei shoes are gorgeous and they are beautifully made as I have bought this brand before-



I do not have this DVF dress but bought the top in the same print a while ago. Now considering this dress for next summer-


mignonette Thu 15-Nov-12 19:08:00

Have just found this great site called vialuisaroma.com and saw these gorgeous boots here

so I have ordered a pair-

mignonette Thu 15-Nov-12 19:08:51

That's luisa via roma. Sorry.

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Nov-12 10:30:58

Great boots Mignonette.

And thanks for tshirt advice.

Hmm not sure on the Williamson, but probably as not really me. Great DvF.

shopafrolic Fri 16-Nov-12 12:56:02

The camel coat from Maison Scotch is an absolute keeper. I am so thrilled. I went out for lunch with DH and DS yesterday wearing skinny jeans, my LKB Florettes and my cream silk blouse, all that was missing was that coat. And then it arrived this morning! It is beautiful, very classic and I don't think it will date. I fit the 12 rather than the 14 which is always lovely and it is long enough in the sleeve for me (which is usually a problem). Thank you all for your input.
We are having dinner at a friends house in the village this evening (their daughter is babysitting for us) which will be lovely as we never usually get to go out too much as a couple. We have elderly parents on my side, and distant parents on DH side so babysitting is limited.
Good weekends all x

Bonsoir Fri 16-Nov-12 14:22:46

Well done on the coat, shopafrolic!

mignonette Fri 16-Nov-12 16:18:30

Have decided that the Matthew Williamson jacket is too reminiscent of Showaddywaddy!

I have always bought Camel coloured clothing, Shop - I have an ancient Jaeger camelhair A line skirt with inverted front pleat that I frequently wear and an old camel hair PeaCoat from goodness knows where. Camel will never date and it cannot be identified as a particular season either.

Am browsing my Pinterest boards as I write and have seen plenty of camel inspiration- it looks great with a plum sunray pleat skirt, with all shades of grey and pale blues and with a either a shirt or sweater in tobacco and a bottom half in cream.

I like it casual with dark denim (even though this pic is here of a camel sweater, it shows how good it looks with denim)

Imagine this raincoat here is actually your camel coat -

Marsha Today I am wearing my Ochre cardigan with a storm blue tissue thin T shirt from C+C California layered over a cream lace top so the lace peeks out underneath. Although I have been in and out of dry aired heated offices/patients homes and cold dry outside, I haven't felt bulked up. Dark grey Helmut Lang cigarette pants, my Jasper Conran for Debenhams pale camel coloured boots and a Goose print scarf from Oliver Bonas here complete the outfit.

I love my scarf; a smudgy blue grey next to the face seems to liven up a Winter-drained complexion as opposed to exacerbating it which conventional 'fashion wisdom' often suggests. It actually tones down any tendency to orange/yellow tones just like a blue-toned red lipstick does, good for anybody with fading Summer tans/fake tan on their face.

I need to find a way of storing all my scarves so they aren't out of sight out of mind. If I cannot easily see them, I tend to end up wearing the same old ones. My wardrobes are so full, putting them on scarf hangers is not a solution. I don't want them draped everywhere either-trying to streamline my bedroom and limit the visual 'stimulation'. Suggestions anybody?

We've arranged our shoes in one of the spare bedrooms in boxes/racks as DH is the Imelda Marcus of shoe-manhood! I have quite a few pairs but not the amount he has and he has kept all of his ballet/practice pumps from his dancing years. He won't ever throw those away and when you realise how many pairs dancers get through, can you imagine how many pairs he has? All pretty much identical except for an electric-blue pair (don't ask!).....

Have few plans this weekend other than an Austrian friend over for Lunch tomorrow. Think I will bury myself under all the weekend papers. We have to attend a StepD's graduation ceremony next week- not particularly wishing to drive up to Leeds for one day. Am feeling very antisocial and sorry for myself at the moment. I love Leeds though-an architecturally and historically stunning city as long as they stop doing those vile cheap 'architect' conversions of beautiful inner city warehouses and industrial buildings. They are so identikit.

Anybody know of interesting stores/places to go/eating places in Leeds? I drove to Haworth last time I was there to pay my respects to the Bronte sisters. Appalled by the way Haworth has been turned into a 'Bronte Theme Park', full of gift shops and relatively few shops actually seeming to sell items useful to residents- like food!

Wishing everybody here a decent weekend...

MarshaBrady Mon 19-Nov-12 09:20:30

Haha could be!

Love camel too. I dont have any, but I really could. Great you love your coat Shop.

Kept the Marni and yes good call Mignonette. Also have been wearing petrol blue loads so glad I kept that.

Dona how was Tuscany?

Getting a new bathroom floor so had a builder here all weekend. 8am til 9pm, really hard at work!

Also ups guy just took 3 attempts with a package. Only one pair of Wolford tights thought it would be by post not courier.

MarshaBrady Mon 19-Nov-12 09:25:30

I imagine he went threw loads of ballet shoes. I've kept all my tutus. Pink, blue, white. So pretty with feathers and beads. Lots of hand-sewing. Not sure if I kept any pointe shoes. Does he miss it?

Scarves- I don't have many at all. Only a few wool/ angora ones, which go on a coat stand so I can take them easily.

Love those pin shots very much. Divine.

MarshaBrady Mon 19-Nov-12 10:28:39

Oh crap that's through isn't it. My brain has gone.

DonaAna Mon 19-Nov-12 15:27:49

Oh poor Marsha, life with builders confused
Just back from a really great long weekend.
Crisp nights, clear sunny balmy days.
No rain, but the entire area was recovering from severe flooding a week ago, and fields were still soft and muddy.
We experienced a miracle: Siena without tourists. (Lovely.)
Boar hunting season. Roaring log fires. Fragrant air.
Car boot full of olive oil (just back from frantoio!), wine and grappa.
Wore my camel Filippa K continuously, accessoried with wellies wink

MarshaBrady Mon 19-Nov-12 19:01:26

Lovely! Dona smile

It wasn't too bad. I felt very bad for him that the job was 3 times as big as he originally thought and he was working all day while we were playing Monopoly in the living room! (Ds2 absolutely blitzed it with hotels on Mayfair and Park Lane and various others.)

mignonette Wed 21-Nov-12 10:22:06

I always end up serving builders/.plumbers etc endless cups of tea with cake and bacon rolls because I feel so awkward about appearing to be doing nothing while they toil-stupid me.

Today I am wearing my Adidas Y3 cowl fronted ochre yellow skirt, dark grey angora/mohair self stripe sweater, grey cable tights, Marant Otways that are pretty beaten up now and my new Goose scarf. I pinned a link to the skirt a while back as I find it such an interesting shape. The Y3 designs have that Japanese feel with folding and pleating of newer technical fabrics, coated or interwoven with odd fibres. From a side view, the skirt has this 'Geisha' shape with the drape slanting back towards the knee.

We are driving to Leeds friday for another (and hopefully the last) interminable graduation ceremony of one of the 5 blended family kids. Goodness knows what to wear. I'd like to take a little cross body bag but know I'll want to take at least 2 books, a newspaper and magazine to have ample reading material to chose from. It is a family joke that I always have at least one book on me everywhere. I do not feel dressed without a book! Wearing a cross body or shoulder bag and carrying a satchel/Alexa by the straps would look too much, right?

So.....What to wear to a cold place-draughty cathedral/civic Victorian hall? I don't want to look too chi chi and I always end up in default Helmut Lang pants/sweater/blazer combo.

mignonette Wed 21-Nov-12 10:27:34
mignonette Wed 21-Nov-12 10:31:42

And these-


Sorry, my darned phone keeps posting message prematurely.

MarshaBrady Wed 21-Nov-12 17:14:29

Something snuggly by the sounds of it. Big warm, soft and wooly. Cashmere? Roll neck type thing, Helmut Lang pants sound great.

Love those Gap boots and cargo pants too.

Dh is funny with builders and over offers drinks. On Saturday every time we spoke to each other the builder said hmmm? as he thought we were talking to him, to which dh would reply tea? water? drink? Poor thing said enough! I'm fine.

mignonette Wed 21-Nov-12 17:19:17

Snuggly sounds good. Weather so bleak outside and got drowned in rain when I stupidly walked to Waitrose. Now have muddy blotches all over my skirt but it'll just sling in the washing machine.

I wish I'd have those Gap boots in time. They'd be perfect with a different coloured version of the cargo pants. Maybe, they'll arrive tomorrow (V long shot). I do love an Olive coloured garment/shoe. I'd quite like an Olive coloured coat too. Not worn together smile.

Good to hear you treat your builders well. The stories I hear from tradespeople friends.....shock

shopafrolic Wed 21-Nov-12 19:38:04

Hi all! Big news! DS is now walking!!! This is big news because he has taken until 22 months to get there!
Mignon I have been thinking of you often and hope you are feeling brighter. Thank you so much for the camel coat inspiration - the weather has been so dire that I haven't dared to wear it yet but I look at it every day!
I make copious amounts of tea for builders and landscape gardeners and offer beer at the end of the day on Fridays! DH says I'm too soft! I used to make our window cleaner bacon butties!
I can't see the GAP links unfortunately as they show as sold out from my iPad. Will try again when on laptop.
I am after some skinny jeans and wanted to pick people's brains. I think MiH are a favourite with you all? I normally buy 7FAM in a 32 waist and wondered if anyone cold give me any tips about best shape, how long they are in the leg and how they compare size wise to 7s? Dona I seem to remember you were a frequent 7FM wearer? Do you have MiH? Or can anyone recommend a dark wash skinny that they love? Softness is key as my Roxannes cut in at the hip. Thanks.

shopafrolic Wed 21-Nov-12 19:39:56

The GAP boots must be OOS, the cargo pants are fab!

I hugely recommend Goldsign Virtual high rise skinnies shop I rarely wear any others these days, but they are mighty pricey. CoH Avedons also good.

dexter73 Wed 21-Nov-12 19:56:11

Shopafrolic - Levis curve skinnies are lovely, they are soft and keep their shape. Not too expensive either, but you would probably need a 30 if you are a 32 in 7's.

MarshaBrady Thu 22-Nov-12 14:53:19

Shop congratulations on ds walking! The thing I like about MiH (I have the Paris ones) is that they are quite high. I can't do low rise anymore, it annoys me too much.

I also have CoH Avedon indigo skinnies which are great. Have some stretch. I have many pairs, but I think those two are my favourites in terms of comfort.

Speaking of builders, looked at a massive house today. Big old thing, loads of rooms downstairs. 5 bedrooms. Ugly! Well you know, needs a lot of work on the decor. No trees really, I love a good garden so would have to do ALL that. It's weird but it made me think oh could I in terms of making it beautiful. But it would be a huge thing.

shopafrolic Thu 22-Nov-12 18:01:09

Higher waisted would definitely be better for me I think. My Roxannes are just so uncomfortable on my hip bones. Are MiH true to size? Does anyone know how they compare to 7FAM? Will look at Goldsigns too Amber but fear they will be too much for my purse....

shopafrolic Thu 22-Nov-12 18:03:49

Have looked at the Goldsigns - happy to pay that amount but the ones I saw online say 27" leg? I usually wear a 33! Am I looking at the right ones?

DonaAna Thu 22-Nov-12 21:10:43

Shop I wear 7FAM and MiH almost exclusively and MiH are definitely a bit shorter in the leg. My ideal inseam would be 33". 34" can drag a bit and 32" is too short. I only wear MiH skinnies (have 3 pairs - 2 of Vienna and 1 Oslo) and because cropped and rolled-up styles have been trendy I get away with the slightly short feel.

Two smashing Italians spotted today: short sporty mink jacket, skinnies, mid-brown tall waxed riding boots, aviators, long flowy hair.

Astrakhan-tipped longline very tailored and fitted houndstooth wool coat, black sheer tights, skyhigh thin-heeled courts (not stripper shoes).

Did any of you get any MMM @ HM last week?

They are the right ones shop, I like my denim a little cropped, but I am only a 30" leg really. I get mine from Shopbop, in Selfridges they are nearly £300! Probably not for you if you're that tall - shame because they are super soft and comfy!

I've found MiH small to size. CoH avedons quite large to size.

Dona I did not, did you? Only thingsI liked were the sweetie clutch, the mesh bodysuit and the perspex heeled boots. All a bit out there for my life!

shopafrolic Thu 22-Nov-12 22:08:10

Dona which MiH skinnies do you wear? The Ellsworth? Sounds as though we are similar in leg length!

mignonette Thu 22-Nov-12 22:17:18


Lovely news about your little walker! Always a special moment. Don't babies look so proud when they walk for the first time?I watched a repeat of the 'One Born Every' last night which was the 'what happened next' for some of the families. Little Jake who developed Cerebral Palsy at 2 weeks of age as a result of contracting Meningitis is the most winning, heartwarming and engaging little man..Loved watching the babies grow and demonstrate new skills.....

I'm still finding things very very hard and have decided to take sick leave from work. It has all been too much I think. But I will get there. Thank you Shop for your kind thoughts..

I like JBrand skinnies and also their Cigarette/Straight legs. I have the pair that KMiddleton wore in Canada- the dark navy skinny, cropped in at the ankle bone. I can't offer much guidance regarding size other then try, try, try.

I have always loved Levi's and still have a soft spot for the old 'Cowboy' style Wranglers. These are the only jeans I ever wore riding because the denim was not only soft but the seams did not rub on my inner thigh because they were washed in so beautifully. Again, I do not know the name of the ones I still have at the bottom of my wardrobe because they are so ancient, the label has faded to nothing.

Not keen on MM for H&M mainly because I'm not sure about the fabrics. With conceptual design, I think the design, fabric and construction has to be ultra luxe otherwise it can look like a fashion project for GCSE with fabrics bought from Berwick Market (apologies to anyone who has some of it and it is better than I imagined).

Have to drive up to Leeds at 4 a.m tomorrow morning to get there in time for stepD's graduation. Infuriating that the ceremony starts at 10 in the morning-so inconsiderate but suppose the faculty want to maximise the time they have to feast/lunch after the event with the local 'dignitaries' all paid for of course by the exorbitant student tuition fees....(rant!)

MarshaBrady Fri 23-Nov-12 10:42:36

Oh Mignonette hope you the time off work helps and you feel much better soon.

4am! A strong coffee and someone to chat to you.

I'd love to buy something, but surely the sales will be soon.

mignonette Hope you feel better soon despite the very early start you had today!

marsha How exciting about the house! Do you think you will do it? We always said we would never take on a renovation project or build our own house and then we did both by buying a derelict old thing and adding an extension. Have never regretted it once but it is a big project.

<<waves to everyone else>>

MarshaBrady Fri 23-Nov-12 11:35:30

Fritzi did you how did I miss that! How exciting. How long has/ it is taking you are you finished? Do you love it? (questions, questions).

This one is huge, and has a funny long kitchen with loads of space to the side which is not useful. So it could definitely be extended to be even bigger. Plus there are many, many mid size and small rooms downstairs which are pointless and could do with freeing up.

The big problem is the location, it's on a very busy road with buses etc. And I'm so used to the pretty, gorgeous street we are on it's a tough move. And I am hanging on to our trees, our pavements and other houses.

But there is something about have thousands of square feet that is rather appealing! And also making it look completely different. But as dh says if we can do that, we should probably move to a nicer road.

Anyway how far along are you with everything? Feel free to share your decisions here, love decorating. grin

MarshaBrady Fri 23-Nov-12 11:36:33

Also we are just at the very beginning and not really in the position to do anything concrete, just pondering next steps.

DonaAna Fri 23-Nov-12 14:00:21

Waves to all, Fritzi in particular! Busy days workwise...

MiH Oslo and Vienna are my faves- I only wear their skinny styles, 7FAM are better for flares (Gingers are my absolute favorites), bootcuts and straight legs as I really need full length.

Amber I loved the perspex heels there too. (But in Italy, wearing crazy shoes carries a stigma. Those would probably be okay, but anything too lucite-y or perspex-ey would probably attract stopping cars and totally unwanted propositions.)

Mig very sorry that you are still feeling weak but hope you will enjoy the time off and get better soon!

I got our Nanny to take DD2 to a birthday party tomorrow. This means, I will get to do something that I enjoy tomorrow afternoon (and will get out to dinner later - and will miss the 2-3 hours of screaming).

MarshaBrady Fri 23-Nov-12 14:08:20

Dona sounds fun, will you do something with your dh?

We've got a party this weekend, it looks like it's going to be quite big. What to wear, what to wear.

It's with people I haven't seen for precisely 10 years. Which will be interesting grin

Bonsoir Fri 23-Nov-12 20:11:28

Ooh Marsha, huge old house and garden needing complete overhaul sounds very exciting! FWIW, I live on a busy road with a bus stop right outside our front door and it isn't such a big deal, IMHO (but we are on the fourth floor). One of the upsides is that the road is much wider than quieter streets, so we have a lot of light (and trees on both pavements).

The weather is frightful here in Paris and I spent most of today preparing for the weekend - cleaning, tidying, cooking, repairing, shopping etc. We have friends round for dinner tomorrow night and I don't want to spend tomorrow working!

Hi Fritzi and everyone else!

MarshaBrady Sat 24-Nov-12 14:41:11

I know am itching to undo its ugliness! Am in talks. Dh not keen. Also have to check it's not falling down, looks a bit warped in places and on a hill.

Party tonight too, am relaxing in preparation.

Hopefully Sat 24-Nov-12 16:46:11

Hello! Just popping in for a quick catch up while I wait for DH to finish swimming with the DSs. So busy at the moment, but loving the style chat.

Have to go to DH's work Christmas do in 3 weeks. There is no dress code and I am melting down. The best DH has managed from the organising person is 'the women normally wear their party dresses'. It is a diner dance, so I am thinking a not-too-formal cocktail dress would work. Naturally I have no such thing. Need something suitably dramatic, not pretty/sparkly/diamanté encrusted/classic shape. Help! Ideal would be a long sleeved, crew necked body con dress of some description I think.

londonone Sat 24-Nov-12 16:50:54

Have a look at reiss they have got lots of crew necked body con party dresses at he moment.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Nov-12 16:59:35

Seeing people after ten years was very funny. Dh and I snuck off for dinner at 11pm (very hungry). It was good, but mostly it just made me realise how pleased I am that I don't still work there!

Hopefully will have a look around.

mignonette Mon 26-Nov-12 18:31:20


A dress with an interesting neckline or an accessory such as a dramatic necklace/collar would be good for sit down occasions where you'll be 'on display' from the neck up for a great part of the evening.

What budget do you have? Pending an idea of that, here are few of my finds....

I love this 3:1 Philip Lim but it is quite pricey for such simplicity -

here is a Rag&Bone Grecian style in black with a higher and interesting neckline

or you could trust Helmut Lang with bodycon here

and here is an Alexander Wang bodycon in purple-

Or Diane Von Furstenburg in deepest pink and long here....

Or go sequinned here with Alice & Olivia

This here is not body con but i like it

and this Karl dress here is super glamourous


or this coated Michael Kors bandage dress here

This is my party dress -http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/198718

and I've earmarked this day dress from Theory -https://www.cocosa.com/Sale/Product/?pid=39064&sid=17051

We spent a few days in Leeds this weekend having decided not to do the drive in one day. We were rather taken aback by the choice of graduation outfits by many of the females. I tend to regard graduations as solemn academic events and never have I seen so many inappropriately dressed people wearing outfits that looked more suited to either a prom, a club or a street corner.

One girl was in a long black strapless evening dress, breasts hoiked up until they were overflowing, with two front splits to the crotch (and we were treated to flashes of her barely-covered-by-her-pants pudenda!), hundreds of them were in stripper shoes that they could barely walk in. There were plenty of evening 'prom' style gowns-strapless etc, sequinned bodycons, evening dresses with fake tanned legs, stripper shoes, trowel loads of make up and 'evening hair'...Words failed me. It was a true cornucopia of very very bad style choices considering what the event was.....shock

Saw one girl wearing truly cool dark pink punched leather Brogues and another in a Helmut Lang style knotted hem dress but hardly anybody dressed in what I would call 'appropriate' day wear. Spoke to the dean and he said he was considering issuing a guidance sheet regarding the nature of the occasion for next years event considering that knowing how to dress appropriately is a pretty useful life/employment skill.

Otherwise, I love Leeds. It is a seriously beautiful and atmospheric city. We walked around the Victorian Arcades at 11 p.m and because they were deserted, we could properly appreciate the architecture. Stopped off at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the way home too.

shopafrolic Mon 26-Nov-12 20:17:40

Mignon the Philip Lim is divine. If only I had A. A party to go to B. Enough money to buy it!
I've never been to Leeds but remember inappropriate clothing at graduation ceremonies in Manchester only too well!
I've been seeing all the magazines recommending sheer evening dresses after the Twilight premiere. I dread to think how badly this could go wrong in clubs and bars around the country grin
I still don't dare to wear the camel coat with all this wet weather. I want to buy a roll neck sweater to wear with it. My go to colour choice would be black but as a newly diagnosed Autumn I'm not supposed to go there. Any other colour suggestions welcome - brown feels too dull? Perhaps red?
I bought myself some brogues with my Jones vouchers (on my AW board on Pin). They look good with my deep red chinos. I have always been wary of brogues in the past, how to wear them without looking too masculine (short hair doesn't help in this instance).
I also bit the bullet and ordered the Hobbs pug tee. There was 20% off so it was rude not to!
Plans last weekend all cancelled due to horrid cold. Fingers crossed for colder, sunny days so the coat can come out.
Waves to all

mignonette Mon 26-Nov-12 21:32:44

Hopefully and hope you will soon feel better-Here are my suggestions of colours to put with Camel -

Pale duck egg, ice and airforce blue, cold raspberry and burgundy, purples in the colder indigo spectrum, navy, creams, primrose yellow (a cool yellow, not warm) and buffs (think Burberry raincoat buff), Ochre, marl grey (not dark) and metallic greys...I think I posted a link to some of my pins that showed camel clothing worn with unusual shades earlier on this thread.

Maybe the Brogues and chino's would look especially lovely with a lace edged blouse worn under a sweater so the lace edge peeked out underneath? I also think pale shell pink or ballet slipper pink looks good worn with red and burgundy so maybe look out for a washed/faded effect sweatshirt or slouch sweater in one of those shades and wear with a feminine print scarf or that lace or crocheted bordered blouse/top?

Could you get your coat scotchguarded? Do they weatherproof woollen coats? I know what you mean as I have a cream cashmere blend single breasted winter coat that is a few years old. I hardly ever get to wear it because 1) I am not a glamorous 'cream coat' type and 2) the combination of road grit, salt, mud and rainwater thrown up by traffic along our narrow Victorian and Georgian pavements would ruin it.

I disliked Kristen Stewarts premiere dress- I am a pretty covered up dresser so would not wear anything like that. Glad that Hollywood broke out of its usual misogynistic pattern of behaviour and dropped Rupert Saunders instead of her from the next Snow White film. She was, after all, little more than a naive adolescent whereas he is a mature man who should have exercised some restraint. I do feel sorry for her. So young and too much attention....

shopafrolic Tue 27-Nov-12 09:34:47

Thanks Mignon I'll take another look at those camel Pins again. I think I'll have to play it safe with marl grey or perhaps try airforce blue as the cooler tones aren't supposed to work wit my autumn colouring (still finding my way with my colours.....)

I like the idea of a lace or crochet bordered blouse with chinos and brogues so am now on the hunt for a blouse with a lace collar of some description. There seem to be plenty around but all acrylic so far.

I rather like this embroidered collar but it's the wrong colour:


A sweatshirt or box knit is something that is missing in my wardrobe. I've had my eye on this for a while but it may be a little too pink?


I also like this but can't decide on colour......


Am off to the dry cleaners this morning so will ask about protecting the coat - this rain feels as though it's here to stay.

I meant to ask Mignon did you ever see those tree bark shots I posted on my Mumsnet profile? Not the best way to view but they are there if you're still interested.

mignonette Tue 27-Nov-12 11:26:59

Sorry Shop - I meant to add your name to my previous post on colours to wear with Camel after wishing Hopefully better.

I like the grey marl and the techno pink FC sweatshirts to go with the Chinos as both shades look really good with dark red. That Reiss is really feminine yet has that urban look that can be softened or hardened according to accessories.

Have you a haberdashery store nearby? I can buy lovely lace or beaded collars at mine which you can either lightly sew onto any kind of top or just add ribbon ties to and wear on their own. V W Rouleaux sell them online and John Lewis haberdashery is amazing-truly old school in service and the skill levels of the staff.

I can't seem to click onto your profile, Shop and would love to see those pictures.

shopafrolic Tue 27-Nov-12 13:19:03

If you're happy to PM me your email address Mignon I can email them to you?

MarshaBrady Tue 27-Nov-12 13:55:17

Oh gosh I love those links Shop and Mignon.

Shop love the pink and yes would look fabulous with dark red. I have a blush pink one which looks best with dark red V Bruno skinnies. Although I didn't get the right size grr and they have a tendency to get too baggy.

Mignon love your dress. Am so green that you have that Rag & Bone one! I have been eyeing that up for ages. Love it! And the Philip Lim is divine.

I haven't bought anything for while, have hit a bit of a lull.

Was so interesting to see people from 10 years ago am still thinking about it. I really had the feeling I 'got out', as does dh (he does his own thing now and not employed which is better for him and he is happier too). I developed two different work things which are much freer and nicer than that of ten years ago. So pleased, would never want to go back to it.

I might start pondering sales shopping items.

MarshaBrady Tue 27-Nov-12 17:08:15

Gorgeous suggestions to wear with camel. It's making me yearn for a camel coat!

Blimey at graduation outfits too.

shopafrolic Fri 30-Nov-12 09:33:58

Well the Ditton sweatshirt arrived from French Connection and is going straight back. It is incredibly thin fabric with 3/4 length sleeves and not what I was hoping for at all. I wanted the body of it to be sweatshirt weight fabric. Never mind. Still waiting for the dusky pink Reiss one to arrive.......

mignonette Fri 30-Nov-12 09:48:16

What a shame. Have you tried Uniqlo or Gap for sweatshirting Shop? They have always washed well for me. I wear a Uniqlo in bed to read and slop about in. They are comforting and if you get a size larger and do the Flashdance off the shoulder thing,it won't destroy your sex life smile.

Am lazily still in bed watching Housewives of NYC'-new series is jaw droppingly badly behaved. I'm trying to recover body and soul after a grim few months. I have been invited to write a short article on a little known biscuit with historical origins in the town for a local paper and am pretty excited about that and what it could lead to. I maybe need to think about P/T nursing but am stricken with guilt about my client list if I do that....

Anyway am off to Sardinia the second week of Dec for 3 days and need to plan what to wear. We are staying in Alghero old town with a family we know there which is lovely as we have a view of the gorgeous tiled church roof from our window and can lie there listening to the campanile bells...What to wear.....?

We are not flying RyanHell any more after the last flight when this gentleman placed a briefcase on the seat next to me then wandered off towards the front of the plane. When I told the stewards that there was an unaccounted for unattended bag they did not care, insisted that the flight not be delayed to enquire after it. Only after several people got very angry did they make an announcement. They were actually going to fly with an apparently abandoned bag on board....[shocked]. Anyway the guy was reunited with his bag but the security implications put me off for life. So we are flying to the south of the island via another scheduled airline and having a lovely scenic drive up. Which is no hardship...

mignonette Fri 30-Nov-12 14:07:30

US Elle has feature on the cool collaborations between Target and American designers in Decembers edition. Rag&Bone have designed a flask with four shot glasses with their logo moulded onto the glass which looks better than it should for $50, Derek Lam has a skateboard and Jason Wu has designed a set of glass tree ornaments with a black lace pattern/applique on. The best of the lot is Thom Browne's black blazer with white corded lapels and pocket edging for $129.

Definitely worth a look if anyone is headed there or had friends going to the USA.

I see Valentino Garavani has lace espadrilles out for a snip at $475. I'll have two pairs for gardening in I think!

I saw this competition with Madewell on pinterest that looks fun-


You have to style a holiday outfit on pinterest using 5 Madewell pieces.

mignonette Fri 30-Nov-12 14:07:50


MarshaBrady Fri 30-Nov-12 14:18:35

Hey hey Mignonette. Glad you are taking it easier now. Your holiday sounds gorgeous. You'll need loads of warm things. Cosy and comfy.

I am doing a whole lot of 'life admin'. Replying to party invitations, doing bookings for holiday, emailing some work contacts. Rather satisfying to tick loads of things off a list.

Shop ah that's a shame, also how about American Apparel. And the Reiss one looked great.

I need to start thinking about an actual summer wardrobe in the depths of winter at some point for holiday.

MarshaBrady Fri 30-Nov-12 14:19:00

And love the sound of the biscuit article!

mignonette Fri 30-Nov-12 17:42:05

Thank you.

My Laptop has just blown up its screen- the pixels appear to be melting off the lower part of the screen so will have to now 'waste' money on a new one. Trying to type with a psychedelic display flashing across the screen!

mignonette Fri 30-Nov-12 17:42:35

How many times did i type the word 'screen' in one post?!

Bonsoir Fri 30-Nov-12 18:03:56

Hello smile

Is it as freezing everywhere else as it is in Paris? It is just horrid today - my eyes are sore from being outside in the cold wind. Or perhaps from not getting enough sleep. Or both. I feel like hibernating but in fact have a really busy social weekend ahead - a girls' lunch tomorrow for a friend who has come up from Geneva for the weekend, drinks at a friend's house tomorrow evening and then dinner out, a big family brunch at DP's aunt and uncle's on Sunday (for which homemade cake is required from me)... both DSSs are out at parties and of course usual tutors/tennis lessons/gym/homework to fit in. I feel like running away! I impulse bought a navy down coat on the way home from the market this evening and it was definitely some sort of reaction to the stress of the cold and way too much activity.

I am very envy of people off on holiday in balmier climates, though I am sure it is amply deserved!

mignonette Fri 30-Nov-12 18:08:41

It is so cold here too. Am in major hibernation mode. Have to have Sunday lunch with 20 members of family and stepmother at the place where we had my Father's wake. Personally speaking I would rather never see the place again but StepM wants a family meal for some reason so we have to go.

So will wear deepest black I think!

Bonsoir Fri 30-Nov-12 18:21:03

I'm going to light my Diptyq