MN vogue vol 14

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QueenCadbury Mon 24-Jun-13 22:22:02

Following on from vol 13

shopafrolic Mon 24-Jun-13 22:22:43

Marking my place for a catch up tomorrow. Still married.....

QueenCadbury Mon 24-Jun-13 22:23:39

Happily married or just married?

Hope you're ok x

shop we missed you.

mignonette Mon 24-Jun-13 22:34:44

Love to you Shop....

Queen I did post about where I have been in Morocco but think it's on tale end of #13.

QueenCadbury Mon 24-Jun-13 22:43:54

Thanks mig I just read it. I'm really looking forward to it although I'm terrified of snakes! I'm going with 5 other best friends for our 40ths.

I agree that I love this thread for finding like minded people. No judgement if you have money or not. In fact no judgement at all.

Dd2 woke up crying so I've given her a cuddle in my bed. I think she's fallen asleep on me. Do I dare try to put her back in her cot or sleep with her all night as she's all warm and snugly

QueenCadbury Mon 24-Jun-13 22:46:19

I should have said on the first post for those of you wondering what MN vogue is, it's a place to chat about clothes/shopping/style etc. no judgement whatsoever. And we love links!

mignonette Mon 24-Jun-13 22:56:35

Feeling nostalgic for a cuddly little kid Queen. Keep her with smile...I didn't see any snakes in Morocco(reassuring smile) but I did see a lot of Lizards and spiders (evil grin).

I imagine you'd see them in the Medina's and I didn't spend much time in towns. 80's Morocco wasn't as sole-woman-traveller friendly as it is now.

here's some Moroccan fashion design to look at

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 05:36:03

shop hope you're ok!

I spoke to soon, DS has vomited a few times during the night and had a slight fever this morning. Poor DH got vomited on a couple of times.

I just hope it's a mild tummy bug and that he doesn't end up in hospital again with dehydration.


GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 07:39:01

Hi everyone, may I join in? Currently on maternity leave with 1st DC (4.5 month DS) and feeling extremely unstylish after living in yoga pants and pyjamas for the last few months so hoping to kick start feeling a bit more me with some fashion chat if that makes sense.

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Morning and welcome Gwen... Do stay it's nice here. That dress is lovely and for the price shock
QueenC hope you snuggled. I miss those times ( and that intoxicationg smell not nappies ) although I do still get the occasional hug from my two sometimes have to chase them round the house in comedy fashion to get one though, ridiculous since DS is 6ft and DD same height as me

Have a good day all.....Mig how's the head ? Can't believe what happened to you.....hope H and S are going in

QueenCadbury Tue 25-Jun-13 08:14:06

Dh made me put her back in her cot. Just as well really as she was leaning against my technicolor bruised tum so think it would have been too painful to snuggle all night.

Welcome gwen. I adore that age of 4 months where they are just starting to interact and hold things <feeling broody>. It's not quite the same with a 2 year old.

Off to the dress agency today to see if I can earn some dosh,then helping in ds reception class!

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 08:15:19

Thanks Dry

As the dress was so cheap I boringly copied the model's styling and bought some pointy red flats to go with it.

Bought two more dresses from HofF sale but not so sure about them.

Deciding on an outfit now for a picnic in the park. Not that the babies attending will care but still....

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 08:17:22

Thanks for the welcome Queen yes, he is currently gurgling away to me in a very profound way (he's clearly a genius wink). Just wish he would sleep a bit more at night!!

mignonette Tue 25-Jun-13 08:18:36

Hello everyone and welcome to Gwen. Those are good sale prices. We will definitely help kick start you smile...We can recommend some lovely PJ's too as I spend as much time as I can in them. Are you on Pinterest?

Dry I did contact the nature reserve trust people and they got all frightened and defensive thinking I was going to sue them. After reassuring them that I am not, they agreed to go check out the latch.

I still have this rotten headache but hopefully it'll abate soon. Today I am wearing Kooples mustard wrap skirt, grey sweatshirt (again, bit of a thing for them) and these flat sandals.

mignonette Tue 25-Jun-13 08:19:38

Red flats rock Gwen....

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 08:31:49

Right - morning all! flowers
Firstly - welcome Gwen and congrats on even being remotely interested in clothes with a 4m old - it took me at least a year to care again smile Do you have a link to the red flats? And are you on Pin?
Next up - I am still happily married. Thank you all sooooooo much for your quite fabulous emails - you've been amazing as always. We had a good talk last night. We're both struggling to cope with the change with the new job, and had added stress this weekend with his family staying. We also have some ongoing legal problems at the moment that are adding to things. We've both apologised and hopefully this will be a better week. I think he scared himself with what he said as he told me he was up all night terrified I was actually going to leave so perhaps a lesson learnt there?
Linus sorry to hear DS is still poorly - poor you - sending ((((( ))))))
I would love to go to Morrocco - we looked at it for our honeymoon but went to the Amalfi coast in the end instead which was fab - still on my list of places to visit though
Marsha Hope the new job is going well.
And in fashion related news - today I'm wearing A&W red chinos, cream AV tom sweat, Fat Face deck shoes (yes I said the FF word!!!!!) grin Feel a bit crap TBH - probably the FF effect - or perhaps the puffy eyes. Anyone fancy sharing their top tips for eliminating eye bags and dark circles (and hayfever redness) - I'm gorgeous, truly gorgeous.....

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 08:34:14

Anni where has the boot quest got to? What's the latest?

noviceoftheday Tue 25-Jun-13 09:06:23

Phew Shop! Good to hear it was one of those really stupid things you say and then regret. Always plenty of shoulders, ears, S&B chat here for you and brew with the occasional wine!

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 09:09:25

Thanks for all the welcomes everyone smile

Tried to find a link to the flats but they don't seem to be online (bought them in-store from Debenhams).

Lovely PJs sound great Mignonette recs welcome. I have some nice ones from M&S but otherwise tend to stick with yoga pants. Tried to find some cotton, button-up ones pre-pregnancy and didn't have much luck.

I am on Pinterest but haven't been very active lately, my username is 2muchstuff

Have found a few of you on there this morning already smile

MarshaBrady Tue 25-Jun-13 09:10:58

Shop I'm pleased things are much better.

Mignon you poor, poor thing sounds so awful and painful. How are you feeling?

Lovely, gorgeous day. Back to catch up properly soon.

(I agree with Shop you are all very lovely).

MarshaBrady Tue 25-Jun-13 09:11:52

Welcome Gwen!

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 09:11:57

Mignonnette those sandals are amazing. Although I always worry about an ankle strap on me as I have a bit of a terror of my calves appearing 'stout'!

QueenCadbury Tue 25-Jun-13 09:22:39

shop so glad you talked things through.

mig did you say yesterday that you were at work? Please rest up.

marsha how was yesterday?

I'm gutted. Ds teacher is off sick so understandably the supply doesn't want me to come and help. Guess I'm stuck with housework now!

foxysocks Tue 25-Jun-13 09:39:03

shop so pleased you had a good talk. chin up darling. x

welcome gwen!

awww queenc, think of the shiny clean house you will have in a few hours. I love the end result, it gets me through the boringness of actually doing it

wearing grey wang skirt with red zoe k tee and vejas today. charcoal hooded sweat over the top for some of the SR - the bits out of the sun! the skirt rides up a bit as i walk - is anyone else having this problem? it ends up super short, not that i'm averse to getting my pins out...

glorious here, just making coffee and setting up for a day of hanging out with DS. will report back on the CE cargos, kind of hoping they are not amazing as the are expensive.

santamarianovella Tue 25-Jun-13 10:38:44

hello everyone.

shop im so glad you managed to work things out,was worried about you. hope things get better for you and your DH.

gwen welcome,lovely dress.

linus your poor Ds,vomiting can be extremely tiring for small children,hope he gets better.

queen an all girl trip for your 40th is a fab idea.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 25-Jun-13 11:03:19

I never cease to be amazed by how fast this thread moves!

Welcome Gwen we are a friendly bunch and if you enjoy fashion/style/general chat, you'll like it here.

QueenC My little sister went to Marrakech and loved it. She won't be going again for a while though as her waters broke last night - first baby! <excited auntie emoticon>

Shop DH and I have what you may call a volatile relationship, but we've been married 20 years this Sept (I know, I don't look old enough wink). Talking/explosions are the only way to solve issues, otherwise it's just simmering resentment. You're doing the right thing - glad you're feeling a bit better.

Tried on the Ann Taylor last night and wasn't sure - didn't 'fit' the way I thought it would, but such a faff to return, I think I may try my hand at customising. As I squeezed hung it in my wardrobe I realised how much summer stuff I have hardly worn. Bloody British weather. I'm going to pack it all for my week in Portugal. It'll be costume changes throughout the day! <excess baggage alert>

Has anyone had an Equipment blouse? Rather like this one...

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 11:08:44

DS hasn't vomited since this morning, so fingers crossed it's just a mild tummy bug. He is in a super foul mood though and is having a nap at the moment.

The pediatrician said that the dry patches on DD's back are eczema and has prescribed a very greasy cream to use and has recommended we only bathe her twice a week and use a special bath oil.

My Me&Em order has arrived and I really like the boyfriend tee so I am already wearing it with the DP navy maxi tube skirt. At first I thought it was too long but once I tried it on it was fine.

The Grecian dress looks lovely, especially the colour (teal is one of my favourite colours) but I will have to try it on later when the DC are sleeping. It does look very wrinkled though but I hope that's just because it was sent via mail.

shop glad to hear things have calmed down!

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 11:08:55

That's a lovely blouse Grumpy great colour.
20 years? - I thought it was illegal to get married at 15 in this country? wink Agree though - before DH I used to love a good row to clear the air. He hates arguing and if I raise my voice he walks away (married before to a psycho!) so I try to keep my temper in check but this time neither of us did.
Congrats on impending Auntiehood!
Foxy mental note made for me not to buy a Wang skirt if they ride up - I find it terrifying enough getting my legs out as it is!
Anything good on the Outnet this morning?

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 11:09:16

Oh and welcome Gwen!

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 11:16:03

Linus my grecian dress was very wrinkled too - I hung it in the bathroom while I had a shower and the creases dropped out but I haven't worn it yet to know how it copes........
My DS gets eczema - always bad in warm weather. We use Epaderm ointment melted into bath water, and then Epaderm cream afterwards and whenever skin is dry. Moisture, moisture, moisture. The clinic also prescribed us a strong steroid cream for serious outbreaks but we rarely use it.

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 11:16:47

Oh and rinse all clothes thoroughly to remove traces of washing powders and greasy ointments as our tumble dryer clogged up with cream that had melted as clothes were drying.

foxysocks Tue 25-Jun-13 11:21:10

i would love an equipment shirt, that's really nice grumps

where is hopefully? hope she's ok.

santamarianovella Tue 25-Jun-13 11:23:21

grumpy i have a few equipment shirts,they are LOVELY,softest fabric ever and very can get addicted to them,
seeing the link,do u shop from neimans?is so do you pay duties or just shipping?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 25-Jun-13 11:45:07

santa I've only bought from Neimans when in the US, but I'd imagine it's the same as Nordstrom - quite pricey on duties and shipping. Just bought the Equipment shirt from Tags. Even though it's also a US site, it's only $20 international shipping and no duty (and even cheaper than at Neimans - reduced to $99)

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 12:09:52

My Farhi tee is reduced on Atterley Road in the tan stripe if anyone's interested. Really lovely to run around in....

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 12:13:07
shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 12:15:53
shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 12:17:03
GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 12:19:02

I love that Farhi tee shop very tempting...

Just ordered this one piece from Next as am taking DS to swimming lessons on Thurs and none of my prepregnancy costumes fit me in the chest area sad am breastfeeding though so have a good excuse. Didn't want to spend too much as hopefully will be back to normal size soon!

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 12:27:32
GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 12:28:27

And thank you for all the welcomes. I like it here already smile

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 12:34:50

Good reduction on the Day Birger jacket I was tempted by
must resist

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 12:36:00
LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 12:54:52

What's the sizing like in French Sole shop? The same as Pretty Ballerinas?

mignonette Tue 25-Jun-13 12:56:43

Grumpy I am eyeing up Equipment shirts because they look eternally stylish. I'm looking for one with a pussy cat bow that I can leave undone and hanging loose.

Queen Ye-es I went in yesterday and today. I can work flexi time to a certain extent. I know it is stupid but finding cover when everybody else is stretched to breaking point makes me feel too guilty. And I have a couple of clients teetering on the edge of requiring admission so feel under duress to see them myself. I know, I know....sad

Linus - have chucked out many a rug/duvet/pillow/cushion from vomming little ones (and a not so little teenager who chundered all over my beloved red gingham rug-an oldie but goodie). My sympathies and hope recovery is in the air soon....

Gwen I deliberately do not look too closely at my ankles when wearing ankle straps because I love them so much. My philosophy is to keep moving and then ankles will be so blurred from perpetual motion that nobody will notice grin. I like the costume. I often wear that shape because it is super stylish, flattering to everybody and I'm not fond of getting my ta ta's out for all to see. I'm quite a buttoned up dresser. I have gone topless and I breastfed both my children for far too long but I am quite modest on the beach because I like to run about and swim and I hate sunbathing so unconcerned about tan lines....Will peruse PJ's for you. Keep an eye out for White Company sales for truly luxurious lounging PJ's/night wear. They are all white and pale colours so baby sick will not show and being cotton/linen you can chuck them in at 60-90 degrees too. If you have to wear at home clothes or want to then go luxe I say. You can always wander about in just the PJ top if you want to catch the attention of a partner/DH I say. No need to put on fishnets wink

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 13:02:24

French Sole come up small Linus - will check what size mine are when I take DS up for his nap. Back to you shortly....... I love the animal print ones. They had black quilted too I think...

QueenCadbury Tue 25-Jun-13 13:02:41

grumpy wasn't it an equipment shirt that amber bought and blogged about? Or am I getting my labels mixed up.

gwen I really like that cossie.

Dh and I don't tend to do big rows but we do bicker with each other when we're both tired/stressed.

Lovely sunny day. Am finally going to wear the saltwaters this afternoon.

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 13:05:33

Right Linus I'm a 42 in French Sole, 41 in LK Bennett, 40 in Ash. I'm a UK 7 - 7.5

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 13:11:43

Thanks shop. I'm a 37 in Pretty Ballerinas but a 38 in other brands so now I don't know what size to go for.

I am tempted by the red quilted ones, although the animal print ones are pretty too. But as I am an animal print virgin I think I need to try it one before I buy. Maybe when we are in NY in a couple of weeks time I'll try and find the Madewell ones everyone is mad about.

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 13:18:50

I have just checked what size I am in LK Bennett (found a lovely pair of high heels I used to wear in the office many years ago) and I am a 38.

Oh, also unearthed a gorgeous pair of Alaïa flats I bought at a massive discount years ago. They are black suede in his trademark lace cutout design. I need to have them resoled but I am afraid the cobbler might ruin them as they are so delicate.

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 13:24:58

Ordered the red quilted in a 38 whilst DS is snuggling on my lap. grin

foxysocks Tue 25-Jun-13 13:32:47

yes i think amber's zebra shirt is equipment. swoon worthy.

CE cargos are absolutely LOVELY. the 24s fit me perfectly - low and snug on hip, loose through leg, no saggy bottoms wink. SO soft, colour great, could wear them with so so so much.

but the price! fark. need to think seriously about the price, they are about twice my original cargo budget. but am pretty sure if I return they'll be sold again immediately as already 50% off.

foxysocks Tue 25-Jun-13 13:36:19

oh and there's an extra 25% off all sale on shopbop for three days - code EXTRA25

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 13:44:45

Foxy if it enables in any way I've worn my cargos at least once a week since I got them.
Question. My Dagmar replacement sweater has arrived from NaP. The Dagmar fabric label is hanging off, and there is the tiniest club mark on the back. I'm thinking I need to call them AGAIN and complain. WWYD?

foxysocks Tue 25-Jun-13 13:51:23

I would call them shop. you are paying premium, the product and service should match that. i did exactly same with the j crew jacket and tbf to NaP they were great with the probs I had and refunded me with no issues. get them to do a quality check on the next one before it's sent out.

thanks for the enable grin. i think i need to chat to DH as it's a bigger purchase than i had envisaged. will do so when he's home tomorrow (away AGAIN with work <rolls eyes>)

carrie74 Tue 25-Jun-13 13:54:36

Hello All, [waves]

It moves so fast in here, I can't keep up. Have been quite busy with PTA event (am Treasurer), as well as work, our anniversary, DS's birthday.....

Anyway, am after some advice from the experts smile.

Placed an order with Baukjen last week, the Drew dress and the Rosamunde dress.

The first one was a disaster, but it was the one I thought would be great, so quite disappointing. But the second one I can't get out of my head (delivered on Saturday). The problem with it is the shoulders - its tendency is to go off the shoulder on one side which makes it harder to wear. I can only think it'll be good for nights out, but since we don't have loads of those (and I already have a couple of go-to outfits for that), can I justify it? I also have quite a surfeit of navy dresses blush. And I'm waiting for the Me & Em sale (will it EVER start?!?).

So, wise Voguettes, do I keep it since I can't stop thinking about it, or does it go back??

santamarianovella Tue 25-Jun-13 13:58:27

shop love the links,and the DB jacket is bargainous !
linus dd suffers from eczema,and I use eucerin ,smells horrid but very effective.

My NAP order arrived and I loooove the James Perse dresses,and this jcrew sweater. Is a keeper.

And that's concludes my summer sales purchases.

foxysocks Tue 25-Jun-13 13:59:05

hola chica! <waves madly>. i vote for send it back. you DO have a lot of navy dresses and as you say, wearing options are limited if it's a more dressy dress. i also think it's still quite a lot for a viscose dress. save your cashish for me&em or an outnet special - there have been lots of fab drapey dresses on their recently.

foxysocks Tue 25-Jun-13 14:02:33

that was to carrie!

santa that sweater is super cute. love. i hear you on sales purchases - have j crew parka and (maybe) current/elliott cargos so far. still have half an eye on the SL arty <sends further reduction vibes to NaP>

i like the advice on amber's blog and DMBL40 when they are buying two or three really special pieces rather than tons in the sales. that suits me well.

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 14:03:30

Wooo hooo carrie overentusiastic wave. Send it back (as it will drive you nuts when you wear it - even more so if you don't get out much) and hold out for Me&em sale.
foxy you're a star. £30 credit from NaP and replacement jumper for third time lucky attempt!
Great sweater santa

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 14:17:19

shop I would complain, at those prices it needs to be perfect.

Lovely jumper santa! Looks really cozy and luxurious.

Carrie I would send it back as well.

I just tried on the Grecian dress and the colour is sooo lovely one me. The skirt part of the dress does make my hips look quite wide but hopefully that won't be a problem anymore when I've lost weight.

carrie74 Tue 25-Jun-13 14:26:16

OK, you've convinced me (and have now made a Pin board of all the things I'm keeping my eye on for the Me&Em sale, which includes a similar dress, but without the sloping top, so could even wear for work). Me&Em sale board

Thank you for the wisdom grin.

Back to work now, but will catch up properly soon (although can't pretend I'll be able to respond to loads of posts!).

QueenCadbury Tue 25-Jun-13 15:11:42

carrie I agree, send it back. It pained me initially to return a top yesterday that I loved, but like you would only wear it out which doesn't happen enough to justify.

foxy if you'll wear them enough then keep them

shop glad you returned. Whatever you pay for something it should arrive in perfect condition.

I've been spring cleaning (my cleaner comes tomorrow to do the regular clean). Oh my goodness, my dc are filthy pigs! I've been moving furniture around in the playroom and blush at the festering debris underneath stuff. I may have to ban them from eating in there!

mignonette Tue 25-Jun-13 15:15:05

Santa Love the sweater. Reminds me of the 'Ginsberg is God' sweaters of last decade. Think that is what probably inspired this trend.

Carrie My favourite is the first stripey dress I am afraid. It has some unusual styling details that really make it stand out for me. But send the other one back if you already have a lot of navy dresses. It has to be super special other wise it'll be one amongst many.

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 15:25:31

Poor DS, he really isn't feeling well. He still has a fever and complains about a pain in his mouth. I can't see anything but a friend has just texted me saying her DS (who goes to the same nursery as DS) has hand, foot and mouth disease and the symptoms really sound like what DS has.

He does have some bumps on his hand and feet that don't look like chicken pox so maybe that's it. It would be typical he has chicken pox and now this at the same time.

santamarianovella Tue 25-Jun-13 15:27:50

carrie another vote for sending it back,

* foxy* I agree, buying two special and transitional pieces is much better than buying lots of things that u don't really need,your parka is a wise purchase, so far we had nothing but miserable weather.

linus an Alaia flats is on my wish list, and of course a Valentino studded flats , but they are both beyond what I would pay for shoes, even in sales!

shop that is great,NAP customer service is impressive.

mignonette Tue 25-Jun-13 15:35:29

Unfortunately these 'childhood' diseases do often follow one another Linus. That might explain the fresh outbreak of vomming after he appeared to start to pick up. Can you get him checked over if it doesn't abate by tomorrow? Loads of ice lollies will help any oral soreness. Poor both of you sad...

santamarianovella Tue 25-Jun-13 15:40:14

linus your poor Ds! First it's chicken pox and now HFMD.

Shop glad things are better.....amazing how therapeutic a trip to the tip can be! Links are v naughty.........I looooove the FS red quilted, linus good choice. And bet Does my Bums cross her MB leather jacket has been reduced.
Gwen love the word "stout", almost as much as I like the word "snug" .
QueenC that's disappointing about your day in reception....

I've been looking at my SS purchases and have a heros and villains list.
My heroes are:
All items I fell in love with,felt a bit/ very naughty about but really love a lot. Bella and the leather jacket have had a lot of wear and I feel fantastic in them . Nancy,hopefully will be the same gave her a hug before I went to work today,saddo, put a smile on my face
Runners up are:
this, so useful
this,love the colour
make me feel glam with jeans
All useful basics I've worn at least once a week.
Luckily my villains are all cheap so not the end of the world I guess .

Anyone else have favourites/clangers?

Oh I suppose the biggest villain......the only one ill admit to, was the red necklace of doom grin...Gwen you missed that lovely!wink

And MN HQ when will we get a champagne "congratulations" glass?

tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis grin

mignonette Tue 25-Jun-13 16:31:58


Excellent idea for a post. Those Dottie P sandals look super luxe. a really great buy.
Here are mine-


this Merci bag is still in its early days but it's looking good for hero status;
these Clarks desert boots were from a year ago but i will love and wear them with an Indigo jean/black pant forever;
might not go with the boots above but indispensable for all occasions and sod fashion, i'll wear these all year every year;
skirt from The Kooples. Not as difficult a colour as you'd think;
cheap as chips T from New look. Love it so much I returned to buy another;
makes me feel good;
espadrilles cheap as chips too and I bought them in striaght black too;
skirt from Atterley Road sale. shaping up well;
basic cropped straight pant from classic Italian company. Makes amazing Parkas too for all those parka fans. Just need a Vespa or Aprilla to go with!
surprisingly chic for a High St clutch;
perfect with a jean;
a dream of a dress and will last forever (I hope);

Coming Up From Behind

coat in pink for next season;
sloppy sweater;
weekend bag by Harris Tweed/Next;
yellow skirts are my thing...
favourite smart day to evening dress.

What I am working on now is a list of gaps to be filled in my wardrobe and a request for assistance with!

santamarianovella Tue 25-Jun-13 16:47:22

dry, I want a jumping with joy smiley !

I have started following your boards ,your Heroes list looks amazing, my fave is the bella dress .very pretty.

My list includes:



dress lovely as it is or teamed with a leather jacket or a trench ,

flats. They make me smile whenever I wear them!

My biggest disappointment is this awful pair of denim, I swear a primark pair would have been a better purchase.

Mig I need to resist the quantity over quality urges. I'm trying. At my age you'd have thought I'd have learnt. This thread is a great influence.

Emerging A/W list includes coloured a line above the knee skirts ( in flannel?) for work. Like the idea of mustard,fushia, cobalt and bright green, red would be good too.......I need more colour and have been inspired by QueenC's colour boards.

Awesome jacket.....interesting jeans grin.

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 17:05:47

Thanks for the White Company advice mignonette will def have a look. They've never really been on my radar. I am exactly like you re. swimwear, I hate tanning and love swimming so string bikinis and such don't really work for me!

Back from picnic and afternoon at the park and so much to catch up on smile

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 17:08:10

Dry the 'red necklace of doom' sounds very intriguing!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 25-Jun-13 17:10:47

Santa love the J Crew sweater - great buy!

Mignonette that Kooples skirt is gorgeous. I'm really in the market for a good deep yellow skirt. J Crew have this which I was hoping they'd do in a more marigold wool for fall, but I think the more quirky shape of the Kooples skirt trumps it for me.

Where can I read Amber's blog? (blog fiend)

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 25-Jun-13 17:13:03

Gwen, Dry's red necklace is the stuff of MNV legend! Shiny red plastic flowers, bought while under the influence and hastily ebayed.


grumpy Amber's blog

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 17:16:38

Thanks Grumpy sounds hideous quirky smile

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 25-Jun-13 17:18:25
mignonette Tue 25-Jun-13 17:21:42

Dry I adore flannel, boiled wool, felt and all those lovely textures. And yes, they work so well in brights. Am really looking forward to A/W. There's going to be some gorgeous stuff in the shops. Emma Hill is working with Luella Bartley now so expect something covetable from those two. They do colour/texture in such an irreverent British manner.


these Asos Pyjama day pants are lovely.


more gorgeousness

cosy marl gorgeousness

striped gorgeousness

prince of pyjamas- Bodas

butterfly pj bottoms;

these Iris&Edie pj bottoms are my favourite...

mignonette Tue 25-Jun-13 17:27:09

Grumpy Def not slutty. I have a Christopher Kane snake skirt and it suits the exact kind of beatnik look you suggest- polo, opaques and i wear mine with woollen tights in all kinds of colours and weaves.

The Kooples snake skirt would look great with charcoal, midnight, nut brown, dove grey and a sloppy cream or buttermilk sweatshirt....

Mig ice cream,pjs.....anymore wierd obsessions?wink if you see any A/W skirts let me know.
Grumpy could be funky but bit limiting if only with black IMO ......although I wear everything with black!
God I really can't be arsed to cook dinner.....must get out of cosy armchair, must feed kids.......

mignonette Tue 25-Jun-13 17:39:01

I am a swamp of weird obsessions Dry....the surface has yet to be scratched..&#10082;

I have a pin of a lovely ginger herringbone skirt that I &#9825; here. I so want this skirt and will have to get a dressmaker to make one if I can find material similar..

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 18:09:52

Wow Mig. I am overwhelmed with pyjama loveliness. The Iris&edie ones are one of my fave colours. In fact I may just order them now.

Am going to check out Me+Em tshirts too as have been looking for some long ones.

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 18:53:03

DS perked up a bit this evening and ate his dinner reasonably well. I really hope he is better tomorrow as the nursery are taking all the children on a picnic at the beach near the lake and I would hate it for him to miss this.

Gwen have a look at Hush as well, they have some fab pj's and loungewear.

Use PRESALE13 for 20% off their whole range.

I'm looking forward to A/W fabrics as well, love tweed etc.

I just ordered this as it was back in stock and I am glad I did because my size has sold out again.

I wish Pinterest allowed you to 'slide' a copy of different pictures onto one board so I could catalog outfits and combinations I like for future reference. Or maybe it does and I haven't found out how to do it yet?

A bit like Cher in Clueless <betrays my age>

carrie74 Tue 25-Jun-13 19:21:18

linus, that's on my sale wish list! Looks like it's sold out in my size [bawl]. I'm playing chicken with the Me&Em sale this year, which has always workd well for me, but the brand's awareness on t'interweb seems much greater this summer...

Love the heroes and villains lists, will browse through my pins and work mine out, but off the top of my head, my DKNY grey cozy, Me&Em blue ruched V neck dress, navy cigarette pants from B Republic, silk shirt from Massimo Dutti (Jan sales) and crazy green trousers from Gap.

Gwen I was at a Jack Wills outlet on Sunday, and they had great PJs too. I also like White Co PJs, and every Xmas buy a pair for all of us to open and wear on Xmas Eve so we look stylish in the present opening pics

happyreindeer Tue 25-Jun-13 19:38:14

I do not know if it has been said or if we are even allowed to mention but Primark has some gorgeous white broderie pjs for £6

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 19:52:08

Linus. I love my Me&em maxi dress - definitely my hero of the season along with my Paige jeans and my J Brand cargo pants. Also love my Whistles khaki dress and my Levi's M&C tomato red dress. In fact - loads of good stuff this season which has had lots of wear.
Villain so far (but I expect this will change) is the Muuaba leather jacket which I am now scared to wear in case I damage it......

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 20:04:50

shop I hope I will love it as much as you do. Carrie I am waiting for the Me&Em sales as well, but I feared that dress wouldn't be on sale as it was sold out for a long time.

My hero items are: my Asos pencil skirts, the black and heather grey Splendid maxi tube skirts (I only got them recently but have worn them loads already), the MiH yellow breton (ditto), my AV tees, cobalt Gigis and last but not least, my Jimmies.

My dud has been a taupe Splendid tee. The colour really doesn't suit me so if anyone wants this in a large, pm me and I'll send it to you for free.

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 20:19:41

Oh my word linus hush has the most amazing pyjamas and exactly what I've been looking for. Thank you!

I absolutely love these

Going to order them!

Oh dear, am going to bankrupt myself on pyjamas! smile

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 25-Jun-13 20:32:31

I'd highly recommend the Hush stuff, I live in my merino harems when I'm at home and TBH they don't look too shabby with layered up Ts, cable socks and biker boots out 'in public'.

I'm determined to get ebaying some of my stuff to prepare for AW (sad, I know). I only have a couple of bits to add to my summer stuff, sadly now not including the Tiki shorts I adored from J Crew because, as predicted, the buggers sold out in all sizes except 00 and large sizes before I could order them. Keeping watch in case any come back though.

Started dipping my toe into AW with a perfect grey cashmere sweater bought last week on shopping trip with MIL, but got home to find security tag still attached <grr>. Now face driving 40 mins back to get it removed - unimpressed. And no, alarm didn't even go off when I left the shop.

Thanks for Amber's blog link too Dry, will have a good catch up later.

I saw a beautiful MaxMara dress today but I couldn't decide if I should buy it or not. Emerald green with ruching at the front was lovely but perhaps to 'evening wear' for my lifestyle sad

LinusDKD Tue 25-Jun-13 20:38:32

Those pj's are lovely! <looks at drawer full of Hush pj bottoms and steps away from the Ipad>

Lovely jumper Grumpy! I wish I could do jumpers but I feel I look better in cardigans.

Happy Can you link those broderie pj's?

Yep Grumpy that's a great jumper. I'm scared of cashmere though.
Shop is it the brown leather jacket you bought from Room? It's beautiful....just bite the bullet and start getting the CPW down.
Happy (and grumpy you sound like the dwarves!!!grin ) all my pjs are from Primarni.
Mignonette that is exactly the sort of skirt I need, style and colour. If I can find a stockist of lovely coloured wool fabric I'll get my sewing machine out. Liberty perhaps.

Hi everyone, please stop linking lovely pj's and grey cashmere, two huge weaknesses of mine. Am sat in the gorgeous blue silk jcrew pj bottoms from NAP as I type grin. Not keeping the top though, prefer a vest top with them.

As for the rest of my NAP sale order, the James Perse skirt is great (or will be for A/W with tights). Dress is fab but set my mutton-o-meter off, shame I'm not ten years younger like Santa and Barbie grin - bet it looks amazing on you guys. The Duffy top is lovely and soft but a bit meh, not especially flattering or beautiful, so also heading back.

Santa I almost ordered that JCrew sweater too, but reined myself in once I looked at all the grey cashmere I already own! We really could shop very successfully for each other grin. Am about to pm you btw.

Glad you and DH are on better terms now Shop, oh and get that jacket on!

Snakey skirt is gorgeous Grumpy, watch out for it being snapped up by lurkers though!

Mignonette love your boards...

One I love Maxmara but it doesn't really fit into any scenarios in my life either smile. What occasion would you see yourself wearing the dress for?

Marsha you are conspicuous in your absence, how is your week going?

My s/s heroes have to be my Zara distressed jeans - now very very distressed due to over-wear, the Maje sequin cardigan, I love it, wearing it loads, by day with jeans, T and ballet flats or supergas and night with jeans, vest and heels. Villain would be Mango leopard print shorts that still have label on...still, at least not too expensive, like other villains here!

sleep I was going to buy it a size down and put it away for Christmas/NYE, they are the only times I really get dressed up!

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 21:44:09

Dry and Sleep yup my Dressing Room jacket! Must try harder.....thanks for the kick up the backside smile
Linus I've PMd you
Love all the PJ links but I always get tangled up in bed wearing them....

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 21:45:51

Carrie I love new pjs for Christmas although they are normally more novelty reindeer type affairs than stylish White Company ones smile

Primark ones sound great Happy I have a fab button down oversize sleep shirt that I bought from there while pregnant that I have liven in but is now too warm.

GwendolynMoon Tue 25-Jun-13 21:47:14


MarshaBrady Tue 25-Jun-13 21:49:43

Hi, I know, I have a confession (no not crocs wink).

You were all so nice about me going back it's hard to post... But it didn't quite work out. The briefing was just too dull, so different from the interview, I pulled the plug on it. Everyone was ok I said best that you don't do 20 induction meetings and that I don't meet the client.

I let them know today and spent the day in the sun.

Am very relieved. I forgot how five minutes could feel like half an hour. <pulls plaster off again very quickly>.

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 21:52:58

Oh Marsha shiiiiiiitttttt! Are you okay with it? Sounds as though you are?

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 21:53:18

And you got your hair done grin

QueenCadbury Tue 25-Jun-13 21:53:25

Evening all. I'm sitting here in my pjs too (boux avenue). I always ask for a new pair from dh every Xmas to open on Xmas eve so I'm photo ready on the big day!

one you'd feel sadder if you owned it and it just sat in your wardrobe.

grumpy I'm terrified of snakes (dreaming the snake charmers in Marrakech) so I'm afraid I don't like the pattern of the skirt although can totally see if looking good with polo and opaques.

My heroes this year have been my pink cardi, my red cardi, my gap navy broderie anglaise top and my gap distressed jeans. Villains have been a linen tee from h&m (went out of shape when washed), a linen tee from next(went out of shape when washed) and the gap navy crops which I just haven't had an opportunity to wear yet ( and weirdly they were my most considered purchase!).

I'd really like a couple of day dresses for AW but because of my long torso I find dresses a nightmare to fit. I've pretty much given up on skirts too as I always seem to feel frumpy in them and thy just don't seem to work for me confused. I'd alo like a pair of classic knee high boots. Ankle boots don't particularly work on me because of my short legs.

Dd has done 4 wees in the potty today, one of which was at nursery. I don't think I can put the potty training off any longer. It's time for the nappies to come off and the big girl pants to go on. Wish me luck grin

QueenCadbury Tue 25-Jun-13 21:55:54

marsha well done for making that decision and not just going ahead with it anyway.

Marsha sounds like a very brave decision,you are wise. Glad you had a nice day in the sun.

Cheeky shop wink...just Chanel no 5 then?

Marsha! Never mind, sounds like you may have had a lucky escape smile.

Shop - darling - I don't actually sleep in my pj's, just slob lounge wink

One - don't do it, I think buying clothes to shrink into (also for an unspecified occasion) never really works, you may find it doesn't suit even when it does fit and if it doesn't ever fit it will just piss you off smile.

QueenC sounds like potty training will be a doddle, she's obviously ready.

DH is on a plane bound for China sad - back Saturday night. I am off to bed soon, have a training session in the park with a recently PT i know from the gym in the morning, he wants to practise before getting some real clients hmm

Recently qualified

MarshaBrady Tue 25-Jun-13 22:08:20

Thanks so lovely as usual (relief!) Shop I'm fine mostly because I neatly had a panic attack at work sitting at a computer and no one was talking to each other. I thought holy crap what is this, no talking and people in head phones. Briefed and left with a folder for hours. Time stopped, bad office hot air. Texted Dh with oh no no, too silent to even talk on phone. Went outside rang rec cons (that was hard), went in this morning, very, very nice person had a chat for fifteen minutes. Said strategy too different I can't add as much value (true), they said but are you interested in being trained but no. I thought it would be similar to last role (lots of thinking) but very different.

I'm ok, I'm thanking my lucky stars I could end so quickly and without giving a month's notice. I didn't want them to spend any time preparing me for launch in two months if I wasn't going to stick around long enough.


Also I think the hours were very long so would have been tough for dc.

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 22:09:39

Shit! So now I've got to invest in PJs because I never realised you didn't actually sleep in them? So what the hell are you all sleeping in when you're not slobbing. Perhaps you shouldn't all answer that!
Dry you make me laugh like no other! I'm not that glam i'm afraid!

MarshaBrady Tue 25-Jun-13 22:09:41

Ah love you guys. Seriously that time stopping thing was baaad. Forgot about that.

Ok now to catch up on vogue. Missed you guys grin.

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 22:12:36

You poor thing, well done for getting out quick, and it sounds as tho DH is fabulously supportive as ever? I bet you were so anxious this morning. At the risk of sounding terribly patronising I'm super proud of you! Don't kill your creativity in an environment like that. You're too talented. Xx

MarshaBrady Tue 25-Jun-13 22:19:52

Ah thanks Shop I may be blacklisted thanks for being so nice really helps! Dh was great as ever, he texted just go. It's fine just go. I was in a tizz and didn't sleep all night but it was fine, think they were confused but it was so different to last role.

Need to sort out cc things, but might all be ok!

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 22:25:14

Have PM'd you Marsha

QueenCadbury Tue 25-Jun-13 22:25:42

I sleep in my pjs. If I get into bed naked then dh knows it's his lucky night wink

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 22:27:51

Queen grin

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 22:30:29

Oh and pyjama bottoms are too short and make me look like a tit as they swing wildly around above my ankles!

I actually sleep in my pjs and chanel no 19 wink (mixed tonight with the sexually alluring aroma of St Tropez gradual tan.......DH glued to rugby/tennis/cricket he won't notice).... Now silk pjs sleep sound heavenly.

MarshaBrady Tue 25-Jun-13 22:35:49

QueenC grin. I wear standard Hush pjs. It's always cold at night due to lack of curtains and draught.

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 22:38:48

Whip round for curtain fund for Marsha? smile

shopafrolic Tue 25-Jun-13 22:41:10

And then I see that Hush do long lengths in their PJ trousers! Now I'm tempted

santamarianovella Tue 25-Jun-13 22:49:34

marsha,oh no! i totally get what you are saying,and it sounds you made the right decision ,if it doesnt feel right,then its best to leave before getting involved,hope a better offer comes along.

sleep i did notice that we have similar tastes, and i do need spanx for the james perse dresssad.

shop short pjs are my choice for sleeping,never wear bj bottoms to bed, i get hot.

queen i see that you get right to the point,no need for frilly undiesgrin

MarshaBrady Tue 25-Jun-13 22:51:17

Hehe I know. It's because no one can see in, all private gardens behind us and French doors in alcove so hard to deal with. But never fear no flashing to poor neighbours grin.

MarshaBrady Tue 25-Jun-13 23:06:01

Thanks Santa and everyone thanks

Feels so much better now I have let it all out. Night!

santamarianovella Tue 25-Jun-13 23:11:55

i asure you all that i honestly meant to type pjs bottom*,and not bj blush.

ROFL Santa!

mignonette Tue 25-Jun-13 23:31:04

Marsha takes more courage to make a decision like that. I once went to a training day with the late great Diana Lamplugh in which she talked about risk, personal safety etc. What she said has always stayed with me and has become a guiding principle. Although it related to personal safety at work she talked of how ignoring one's gut instincts meant going against ancient survival instincts that are there to protect us. Whenever I have ignored my instincts, there have been consequences that are not good ones. So good for you.

HappyRendeer I'm waving hello to you. I love Broderie Anglaise and never grew out of it. Will check those Pj's out.

My PJ's are for lounging and come off at bedtime blush. Otherwise I end up furiously yanking them off at 3 a.m after they've given me the wedgie of a lifetime. I only wear a T shirt if it is freezing or I am ill.

Queen plenty of fun buying those big girl pants for Dd. A momentous occasion.

santamarianovella Tue 25-Jun-13 23:46:13

sleep i pmsl when i read the typo! DH asked whats so funny and i told him "its just a post on S&B that you wont understand" grin

I am a committed PJ wearer, even in height of summer!

LinusDKD Wed 26-Jun-13 09:07:55

Marsha it sounds like you made the right decision! You turning down this job has probably opened up new opportunities without you knowing it yet. <realise I sound like Mystic Meg>

I love wearing pj's, especially flannel ones in winter. But in summer they are just too hot for me so I don't.

santa such a funny typo! Maybe you should take your idea on Dragon's Den?

LinusDKD Wed 26-Jun-13 09:30:30

Anyone interested in this

I bought it because I love my neon pink breton but this one just doesn't suit me. I have only worn and washed it a couple of times but the white stripes don't look as white as in the picture anymore.

It's a size 3 so pm me and I'll send it to you for free.

santamarianovella Wed 26-Jun-13 09:41:46

How is your DS feeling linus?

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 09:43:04

ahhhh (((*marsha*))) of course it's ok! you can tell us anything, you know that. and it sounds like EXACTLY the right decision, your post resonated so strongly with me. have been there, not fun! getting out quick is the best way. xx

linus I absolutely LOVE that top, saw it instore on sat and was v tempted. would I be able to wear it slouchy style do you think? or would it look stupid? I'm an 8 really. such a kind offer to pass it on. x

amber I would NEVER have picked you as PJ wearer, lol. you are so super cool!

I adore pjs but don't sleep in them. i change into them as early as poss, has been close to 4pm in the winter months when it's raining. DH finds it hilarious. my faves: white company, juicy, lulu for bottoms with soft cotton tops - often demoted from daywear once they loose shape or develop holes.

<aside> I bought an american vintage grey tunic just after DS was born, wore it for a year as daywear and another as nightwear until it was more holes than tee. i threw it in the bin and DD rescued it, saying she LOVED it <rolls eyes> and named it Toppy (wtf?). so in reception they do a 'Me Box' - take it in turns to take home, fill with special things and do a show and tell. what went in the bloody me box? that's right, my ancient holey tshirt which she then proceeded to show to her whole class blush

current elliott cargos are staying. bet that was a shock <not>! DH loved them, he said they were perfectly me grin. wore them on SR with cobalt tee, silver havs, grey R&B biker. felt brill - shop you are so right about well cut basics.

my wardrobe is the best it's ever been and it's making me so so so happy <shallow> flowers THANK YOU lovely voguettes. helping me make great decisions. you are all rocking cool. xx

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 09:43:58

oh man, have just found a collection of stones on the sofa. living with DS is like living with macca pacca.

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 09:47:34

Aaaaahhh Foxy your happy post made me smile. I love hearing the joy when people find things they really love. Good call on keeping the cargo pants - nice one DH! My wardrobe is also the best it's ever been, it makes me feel happy and a little more confident.
Today I am wearing the A&W red chinos again (skank) with grey short sleeved A&W sweat, and grey snakeskin M&S flats. Accessories are rose gold MK watch, rose gold Monica V bracelet and Chan Luu bracelet. Oh and my happy face coral lipstick smile
Cold here again today so may have to add a vest confused

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 09:48:03

PMSL at your last post Foxy

QueenCadbury Wed 26-Jun-13 09:55:21

My kids have moved on from collecting stones to feathers so my house is full of manky grey feathers.

After 2 hours and 4 wet pants, dd has chosen to go back in a nappy. I'm secretly relieved!

Loving that we are all so happy with our wardrobes. I've got my saltwaters on and they are just soooo comfortable, even more so that birkenstocks. I can definately see me buying another pair next year.

foxy PJs are cool. I'm incredibly particular as well - must be cotton jacket and trousers scenario.

We are having a 'DH day' today (mine was yesterday where I dragged him round Westfield) so he gets to dress me. I am in great trepidation!

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 10:13:03

euuwwww feathers! grimola. that would freak me out a bit i think.

am catching up, waaah at dry.... dry and nancy sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 10:15:15

i think they are cool too amber, glad they get your stamp of approval. am betting you end up in the skintight dress with leopard coat with killer heels wink

I sold a pair of cath kidston pjs (another gift <rolls eyes> on ebay. they went for LOADS.

LinusDKD Wed 26-Jun-13 10:47:02

foxy I'll send the top to you so you can try it on and if it's really too big for you, maybe you can pass it on to someone else.

That is, if you don't mind the white not being so white anymore.

My J Crew swimsuits have arrived and they are lovely. Now all I need to do is lose 10 kilos by 1st August when we go to the beach for two weeks. wink

MarshaBrady Wed 26-Jun-13 10:50:31

Oh my rec cons is so nice, a quick chat with her colleague to check if she was ok and the take was pulling the plug quickly was the right thing to do. I am impressed! I will be highly recommending to everyone. If anyone wants to know a fab rc in London my area just pm me!

Shop, Foxy QueenC and everyone - it's great to feel on top of wardrobe game. Definitely a source of enjoyment.

Foxy thanks! I ran out of work attire on my second day so it was a sign really wink.

Mignon I agree. It was like a plaster to be ripped off. Quickly is best for everyone sometimes, glad Dh talked me down off ceiling and calmed nerves.

Linus thanks, I hope so. Main thing is rec cons still talking to me so might all be ok!

MarshaBrady Wed 26-Jun-13 10:57:40

Actually I probably won't say why she's fab to people but will say she's fab. (In case some one is reading this and feeling nervous!)

Surprisingly decent in black t by A Wang twist skirt, tight grey marl tee, TS grey slipper flats with zebras and black leather biker. I have added neon yellow statement necklace!

QueenCadbury Wed 26-Jun-13 12:27:13

What would you give a friend whose dad had just died? Are flowers a bit cheesy? Or should I just give a card? I've offered practical support, childcare etc but feel that I want to do something else too.

amber you're brave letting dh dress you. I'd probably end up in old scruffy clothes and walking boots with no make up on!

libertychick Wed 26-Jun-13 12:39:05

I think flowers are always appreciated QueenC I sent some to my SIL recently timed for the month anniversary of her Mum's death and she said she really appreciated it as she felt worse then than at the time of the bereavement and she liked knowing people were thinking of her. I will pm you a poem that might be suitable for a card.

Marsha sorry to hear the job didn't work but absolutely right to walk early - client would be much more upset if you walked a month or two into the job.

I'm hitting my monthly slump - no energy, feeling crap, hair awful and hating my wardrobe...

Foxy if Linus's breton doesn't work for you can I be next on the list to try it?

mignonette Wed 26-Jun-13 12:39:56

Queen I find a nice cake goes down well. Did you know her father? If yes, then a card with a little recollection written in it or if you only know what she has told you then recount that. I find people are often insatiable for hearing peoples memories and/or talking about it. I really appreciated the cards I got because everybody focused upon my StepM and kind of forgot about his three children. Flowers are always lovely. Always. Or a plant for her garden because it will always resonate with her whenever she sees it. My StepD bought me an Orchid. It has been in flower since my father died last July when she gave it to me. The blooms are only just starting to fade.

Off out now but back later to talk fashion. Off down t'shops.....

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 12:41:18

A cake or flowers both great ideas. Your poor friend QueenC.

Of course liberty - will let you know how I get on.

QueenCadbury Wed 26-Jun-13 12:43:03

Thanks guys. She only lives down the road so I might get baking and buy some flowers too!

QueenCadbury Wed 26-Jun-13 12:51:05

Anyone got dry curly hair prone to matting??? I've just started a thread as I need help dealing with dd hair!

GwendolynMoon Wed 26-Jun-13 13:10:40

Alas that describes my hair perfectly queen and it is long (down to shoulder blades). What works for me is a) using a tangle teaser brush (from Boots) which doesn't seem to do anything when you start brushing but knots do disappear and b) I use extra-virgin coconut oil as a hair masque about once a week and that keeps things under control. Just about.

GwendolynMoon Wed 26-Jun-13 13:17:34

Oh and in terms of shampoo and conditioner try the Tantrum Coconut range, you can get it from Ocado

I use it on my hair quite often and it's great. Tantrum also do a detangling spray which I haven't used but might be worth a try?

libertychick Wed 26-Jun-13 13:19:22

QueenC I responded to the curly question on that thread.

Sorry Gwen having been meaning to say hello and welcome for about 3

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 14:00:51

Hi QueenC when my friend's mum passed away we sent flowers. The florist included Rosemary sprigs which signify remembrance.

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 14:17:10

In Wimbledon news the guy who beat Nadal (Darcis) has had to pull out of the tournament with a shoulder injury. He must be so gutted!

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 14:23:34

I just saw that too shop. how sad for him. did you see the hewitt match?! I LOVE that guy who beat him! he was tremaze.

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 14:26:11

Nope, just caught him crying at the end! Will have to catch up tonight. Have a friend and her two children round today while her house is being packed up ready to move so it's a little too chaotic to sit for long! Am recording the highlights show though.....

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 14:48:28

ok won't mention any more results on here, that way you can enjoy highlights later. go murray! xx

LinusDKD Wed 26-Jun-13 15:25:06

I think flowers are a nice idea and definitely some food whether it's a cake or a casserole or a quiche. At times like that people often forget to cook or don't feel like it and something they can just heat up will be very welcome.

Liberty of course you get second dibs on the breton.

With my J Crew order I got a 20 % off voucher to give to a friend. I'm not sure it's a code that works just once, but it's FRIEND15 and it's valid until 30/06/2013.

Foxy grin .....yeeeees it's love.
Took her out for lunch,sat outside in the sun!!!! my friend (who carries a handbag hook so she doesn't need to put her bag on the floor. !) said "oh put her on the floor" shock..... I was a bit like shop's Chanel lady! "The floor, are you kidding?(disdainful look down nose) "she needs a chair!" grin. Shortly after we shocked the nice young waiter by producing a dildo apologies to the faint hearted shaped wrapped birthday present. Didn't know it was possible to make a scarf look like that.....cue shrieking and death stares from other diners, v posh here dont you know,no suggestive jokes.....waiter blush Will stop now.......I'm getting boring!

QueenC flowers and cake really nice, cake shows you've made an effort and always goes down well.

santamarianovella Wed 26-Jun-13 16:22:31

linus i agree food,is a great idea, cooking is the last thing on your mind when you are in are a great option too.
that top is very nice,shame it didnt work out for you

liberty i hear you ,i have been feeling exactly the same,no energy whatsoever.i think the unpredictable weather is to blame,it does not feel like summer at all sad.

dry grin nancy is such a delicate thing of course she needs her own chair.

DH and i are going out tonight and im gonna wear james perse black dress with zanotti gold caged sandals,and my oldie but a goodie miu miu clutch, its our first date night in months!

QueenCadbury Wed 26-Jun-13 16:25:58

grin at dry!

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 16:57:51

grin Dry You should have put your bag on the chair and sat on the floor to prove a point!

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 16:58:34

Santa Have a wonderful evening - your outfit sounds fabulous

MarshaBrady Wed 26-Jun-13 17:02:15

QueenC your poor friend, yes to baking and flowers, I'm sure anything which shows you are thinking of her will be nice.

Dry lol! That is so funny grin. I'd be the same. The floor shock!

Santa fabulous outfit, love it, have a great time.

I have various cc things still in place, ds1 picked up from school and dropped back, early morning nursery so can do breakfast with dh. I must say it's rather nice wink.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 26-Jun-13 17:07:50

grin shop

Santa agree - dressed to kill. I (heart) Miu Miu - have a fab evening.

DSis has finally delivered! I have a new nephew named Benjamin - thought she'd have a boy, don't know why. Now I can finally buy delicious baby pressies! Hope to get to London to visit her on Saturday, although on duty at Doncaster races Sat evening, so another busy weekend in store.

Off to DD's choir recital this evening at school too. One day I'd like to just stay in bed all day and do nothing. Dreamy.

Surely you mean nothing except browse NAP and the like and chat to us Grumpy wink

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 17:37:00

Congratulations AuntyGrumpy !!!! wine

Adopt Patrick Swayse voice....."Nobody puts nancy on the floor" grin

Congrats grumpy

Congrats grumpy

mignonette Wed 26-Jun-13 18:30:46

santa* that outfit does sound wonderful especially the sandals....Love gold...Happy date!

Foxy My son had two 'pet' feathers that he carried around in a pillowcase named Soggy and Betty. I accidentally hoovered them up grin...

Am laughing at the bag and floor situation. Who remembers who it was that said a chic woman should carry her furs/bag insouciently as if they were a cloth coat yet carry a cloth coat as carefully as one would a fur? Was it in that 80's blockbuster 'Lace'?

Grumpy congratualtions on new Nephew. Am browsing Bodie&Fou on your nephews behalf. Some gorgeous baby stuff there. They are on pin too.

This evening I am wearing old Kurt Geiger black cage heeled sandals, a red and white Ralph Lauren skirt (TK Maxx, twelve quid), an off white opaque Prada T shirt belonging to DH (tight on him) and an Ochre wool Autograph cardigan. And black tights...BLACK TIGHTS IN LATE JUNE!

LinusDKD Wed 26-Jun-13 18:42:09

Congrats Grumpy!

santa have a great time, your outfit sounds lovely. Maybe you'll need those special pyjama pants of yours later on! wink

About 7 years ago when DH and I went to visit the Champagne region in France we had dinner in a 2 star Michelin restaurant and when they showed us to our table there was a little footstool next to my chair to put my bag on. It was the start of a memorable evening! grin

I have just bought this on impulse. I fell in love with it instantly and I hope it will be as nice IRL.

Now my sales shopping really is over unless the Me&Em sale has something to offer that would be to good to resist.

mignonette Wed 26-Jun-13 18:50:58

The French know how to behave around superstar bags Linus

Gosh it seems I'm invisible. Watching Federer match with DH and DD ( who have gone into man-watching-sports-zombie-mode) and have come out with Dry pearls of tennis wisdom
1." If Murray doesn't win it this year hell have blown it"
2. " don't underestimate Federer, he might be down but he's mentally strong "
Blank! Anyone listening........THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!grin

3. " that old have been an amazing shot if it had gone in" blush

Back to fashion......a little stool is what I need Mig

" that would......."

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 19:52:25

I'm here Dry I thought Federer was the God given winner of every match he played? What's occurring? confused

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 19:56:24

Fed is fallible. remember murray beat him in the olympics final, put him out of the US open, nadal took him out on clay a few months ago with no problem. he is possibly the greatest player that has ever lived but he's no longer at the absolute top of his game. currently 2 sets to 1 down on centre but still odds on to win i reckon.

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 19:57:20

Thanks Sue! X

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 19:58:14

Right, I'm considering two necklaces. Who would be up for me PMing links for opinions? I don't want to link here in case they sell out.......

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 20:00:05

haha, yep that's me. barker personified. i'll take a look at the links x

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 20:00:48

(I hope i'm wrong btw - if he goes out it makes murray's route to the final SO much easier)

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 20:05:08

Just PM'd you

LinusDKD Wed 26-Jun-13 20:05:27

I'll have a look as well if you like shop

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 20:10:42

Linus have PM'd you too.
I like the Ukrainian tennis player's girlfriend's bracelets......

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 20:15:26

In fact, I like the necklace and jacket too....

Me too shop
Loving Becker/MacEnroe double act

Yes, nice jacket and bracelets..........go Murray!

QueenCadbury Wed 26-Jun-13 20:19:08

Pm me shop.

grumpy congrats on your nephew.

santa have a fab night. As others have said it sounds like a fab outfit. I think I missed it earlier as I was too bust laughing at dry's bag story!

linus love that scarf. It's absolutely gorgeous.

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 20:19:18

Mmmmm - not so sure about the jacket now that she's standing up. Too long, and I don't like the huge jewel........ But the colour is fab and she's got good bling.

Nice bling too

foxysocks Wed 26-Jun-13 20:20:31

yes she looks fab. also loved kim's yellow tee/denim jacket combo. she wore a lovely dress to the queen's final last weekened too.

fucking hell that was BRILLIANT. I just screamed my heart out at match point!!

What a nice guy....still signing autographs and gave the little boy his towel.....bless!

Oh yes Santa hope you're having a fab night....your outfit sounds gorgeous

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 20:30:39

Right ladies. Some debate around necklaces. I would like to buy something that I can wear on a night out, but also sling on with a grey sweatshirt and skinny jeans. It needs to be yellow or rose gold coloured. I can't wear cheap cheap jewellery as it brings me out in a rash <precious>
I am supposedly a classic dramatic type, think statement cuffs rather than bracelets, I tend to either wear long necklaces with pendants of some description. Or choker / short necklaces. Think statement necklace rather than pretty dainty stuff. I don't tend to do the crystal flower type stuff......
Anyone up for the challenge? Seen anything recently. Ideally £70 max budget.

QueenCadbury Wed 26-Jun-13 20:43:35

shop I don't do gold and tend to be a delicate jewellery person myself so haven't seen anything. Not even sure where to suggest either.

QueenCadbury Wed 26-Jun-13 20:48:58

How about this? Bargain at 28grand!!!

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 20:56:21


QueenCadbury Wed 26-Jun-13 21:03:20

I got distracted by fantasy shopping! There's some seriously lovely stuff on net a porter etc. Not that I can afford any of it grin

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 26-Jun-13 21:05:45

not yellow but pretty and no metal!

slightly over budget, but pretty

channel your inner Daisy

always liked this one

As you can see, Anthropologie is my go-to store for pretty and unusual accessories!

GwendolynMoon Wed 26-Jun-13 21:13:29

this could be quite versatile I think Shop

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 21:13:37

Why oh why do they never show these things on an actual model???? Impossible to see how they'll sit. I like the last one but am worried about rash possibilities.......
I'm so going to end up buying
this one and blowing the budget again aren't I?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 26-Jun-13 21:15:48

Love the Stella and Dot one Shop, but I am already a fan. Their stuff is right up my street.

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 21:17:44

That is lovely Gwen but I think my 2.5 yo DS would trash it in seconds......

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 26-Jun-13 21:21:30

Shop have you checked out T&J Designs?

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 21:24:00

That's where the flower necklace came from........?
I've got 4 necklaces to try from the Outnet. And if I find a discount code I'm going to try the Stella and Dot one too - it's been on my radar too long. Just need to find a code.........

carrie74 Wed 26-Jun-13 21:35:54

Evening smile.

Love the yellow Anthropologie and the Day Birger...ones. I've been obsessed with the Stella and Dot Pegasus for about a year (even before DMBL40 got hers [defiant chin]), but have also been watching the Tempest. Worth keeping an eye on eBay, they often come up a bit cheaper. Never seen a discount code for S&D, but if you hold a "trunk" sale and sell enough, you'll get discounts that way.

Have also been stalking the Bill Skinner designs highlighted by DMBL40 the other day.

carrie74 Wed 26-Jun-13 21:36:35
shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 21:45:00

Hi Carrie - yup I liked the Bill Skinner stuff too

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 21:46:36

The Pegasus is a bit too long for me, I tend to like things a little closer to my neck, or really long.

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 21:54:27

Have linked the ones I'm trying here

QueenCadbury Wed 26-Jun-13 22:02:51

shop I love your wardrobe boards as everything just co/ordinates together so well. Did you have your colours done ages ago? I'm hoping one day that mine will look like this (in winter colours obv)

Look at this yum New hand bag probably know all about this brand,some beautiful bags.

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 22:26:01

Thanks queenC I had a wardrobe edit a year or so ago where a stylist came and we went through my whole wardrobe and got rid of loads of outdated stuff. I won it in a competition. Then I had my colours done and DH gave me some cash for my 40th to have a day shopping with the stylist. From there I've carried on building up.....and up.....and ......

I'm keeping out of the necklace debate shop won't be surprised!

noviceoftheday Wed 26-Jun-13 22:32:36

Hello Voguettes! Just a quick drop in to blow you kisses grin

On fashion news, I have been loving wearing my Atwoods the last couple of days. I luffs themgrin. Also have been using my Aspinal Hepburn bag this week. Haven't used it in about a year and loving using it again. Have had a massive John Lewis delivery today but mostly bed linen and pillows, although a few treats have slipped in there.wink

II had my big meeting with the bigger charity yesterday (income of about £100k pa) and they have agreed to work in partnership with me. Yippee! It means I can use their local resources to deliver my plans. I have had to put pen to paper and write my 6 month, 1 year and then 5 year plan so I know what my goals are. I have temporarily swapped sales shopping to finding out cost of things like shipping books, mosquito nets and toys. V slow work!

Btw, welcome to Gwen, hope Linus' dc better, Amber's hand is better and one should go to work to be miserable if they have a choice. It's a good decision. Well done your dh.

Oh... I have about 10 pjs, all high street. A few nighties, mostly La Perlawink and I sleep in mine!

mignonette Wed 26-Jun-13 22:52:57

Novice!!! Progress. Glad for you....

Am in my cheapo Matalan PJ's but they are very cute with their apricot sprig print here. Have paired them not with the apricot matching T but with an old off the shoulder Flashdance style cream marl sweatshirt and I am merrily flaunting my shoulder at DH who may get lucky tonight....(I've been on the St Germain elderflower liqueur, 2 fingers with a lemonade top up, then repeat)

sorry if that is TMI.....blush

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 22:54:09

grin Mignon I forgot about your one shoulder sweatshirt signalling!

grin Mig

mignonette Wed 26-Jun-13 23:00:23

It worked in the 80's and by god it will work now wink

shopafrolic Wed 26-Jun-13 23:10:41

Night all! Have fun Mig

noviceoftheday Wed 26-Jun-13 23:19:50

Mig, I like those! Progress on the big things yes but the little important things are v slow still!

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 06:53:25


mig santa I hope you had a good night wink

shop any luck in the necklace hunt?

novice wow, things are really going forward.

As the weather is pretty horrible today I am probably going to wear my Jimmies with a breton of some kind, maybe the red RL one. Or the one that looks best with my iris blue Supergas.

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 07:32:23

Morning Linus - yup ordered 3 from the Outnet to try. They're on my Considering board on Pin.

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 07:52:46

Ooh I really like the first two necklaces! The orange one especially. I hope they are nice IRL.

So it's Jimmies, by Malene Birger breton and Supergas with blue Chan Luu bracelet and two yellow gold bangles I got for my 18th birthday.

Ok with me luck......40 odd 4-6 yr olds on a forest trip,NO LOO........5hrs childless young collegue says they can just squat in a bush,.....bloody hell it's going to be carnage ...... Am wearing skinny jeans,Gap fluorescent stripe top,best,Hunters, greyish greeny lightweight parka....DDs pink rucksack, Valium

"Vest" not best!

mignonette Thu 27-Jun-13 07:58:02

My head hurts.............................

Good morning everyone.

It's team meeting Thursday so will have to spend three hours in a stuffy window-less room....Weather holds some promise and I have at last got a fridge full of strawberries from our allotment and will need to go pick more after work. If anybody wants recommendations as to what variety, Cambridge Favourite and Gariguette are my tried and tested ones for flavour, vigour and fruiting. Made a monster Meringue base last night with Demerara sugar which came out all golden and chewy inside (Yay) and will fill it with Vanilla bean flavoured cream so plan to go out on a sugar high today....

What to wear? I want an Indian Paisley style print skirt in browns/golds/reds/creams. It need to be knee length or just above, not clinging, maybe slightly A line....Anyone seen one? Isabel Marant did similar prints a while ago but only now have I come on board...

I think I will wear a Tobacco colour blouse (old La Redoute) with Gap skinny leg rolled cuff pants in Navy. No belt but plan to pin a brooch onto the side of the waistband (an old Art Deco Pheasant from my GM) to tart them up and hope it doesn't impale me mid meeting. On my feet are tan Brogues from Gap. They have a thin silver line where the upper is stitched to the sole.

Hope the necklaces turn out well Shop. I ordered loads more books yesterday including the 'Astronauts Wives Club' and more cookbooks. Because I so need more....

mignonette Thu 27-Jun-13 07:59:54

Dry watch out for carnivorous Ticks too. Best of luck in that forest....That is some task. Will stop moaning about my morning as yours has trumped mine....grin

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 08:28:15

Dry surely a tin hat and gun should be added to your outfit! (And a toilet roll dispenser). Good luck.
Mig hoping the shoulder worked for you last night so you can sit with a secret smile on your face in your meeting smile
Hayfever is killing me. My eyes have swollen up - I look gross.

noviceoftheday Thu 27-Jun-13 09:03:48

Shudder at the thought of 40 4 year olds!

I am wearing an old Coast dress this morning. They used to do lovely dresses that were glam for the office but not over the top. It's peach on top with loads of black beads sewn on and then the bottom half is black. Looks like a skirt and top but is actually an all in one so great silhouette. My nude Aspinal Hepburn bag again with some lovely nude coloured strappy low heels that I got from Carvella last summer. They were like £25, look amazing and so comfortable! Trying to mix up my jewelry post holidays, so wearing gold this morning. A bangle watch I have had for 20 years and a bracelet that my parents had made for me as a wedding present. Guiltily, I have barely worn it.blush

Have lovely days!

MarshaBrady Thu 27-Jun-13 09:04:42

Good morning. Sunshine

Good luck today Mignon and Dry.

Oh no Shop, awful feeling like that.

Has anyone read a good summer holiday book lately?

MarshaBrady Thu 27-Jun-13 09:05:38

Sounds lovely Novice really great news on the charity, so good.

foxysocks Thu 27-Jun-13 09:44:06

I am pmsl at the one shoulder trick! love it mig

books are in my top five favourite topics marsha, along with clothes, tennis, yoga and ... hmmm. wine?

anyway, what do you like? if you are into psych thrillers Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is brill. I also loved Sharp Objects by the same author. Sister by Rosamund Lupton also super.

I just read American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld which was ace. If you have never read her book Prep you totally should
Lionel Shriver's Big Brother excellent. Have you read any Jessica Ruston? she is a friend of mine and an excellent write. Luxury, The Lies you told Me, Come to Dinner, The Darker Side of Love. All aces.

wearing CE cargos again (love em) with grey vest (j crew), denim jacket (j crew) and nude high tops (ash) for SR but will switch to havs later as it seems to be warming up.

come on Robson! and whoever Novak is playing wink. let's do this...

MarshaBrady Thu 27-Jun-13 09:48:22

Oh yes excellent Foxy! Thanks I loved Prep and Lionel S is great. On my way to book shop now. Brilliant forgot about those authors.

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 09:49:02

mig this is sooo pretty but also soo ££££


dry rather you than me! You'll need plenty of gin tonight...

shop hope the hayfever doesn't last all day!

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 10:23:30

Not knee length, but nice colours

Ralph Lauren

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 27-Jun-13 10:46:05

Marsha I stick to lightweights on holiday. I have a few loaded on my Kindle for when I'm travelling, currently include The Hive by Gill Hornby, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (anything by him is v funny) and just about to order NW by Zadie Smith. Nothing challenging, but entertaining.

Linus How dare you tempt me with that beautiful skirt wink

Good luck with your days mig and Dry

mignonette Thu 27-Jun-13 11:04:25

Coffee break time.....Yes the shoulder worked wink....

I seem to have acquired 4 new referrals so far and meeting has another hour to go. Am already at capacity sad...

Shop There are dome great sunglasses online at TK Maxx for swollen eye glamour-hide. Have you dabbed a little blob of Vaseline inside each nostril? That'll make you look even more attractive (evil wink)?

Foxy Curtis Sittinfield has a brand new novel out here. I love American novels and a bit of food writing. Reading Best Food Writing 2012 edited by Holly Hughes, American Ghosts by Janice Owens and re reading Lawrence's Sons and Lovers.

Linus love the RL print but too long and that Balenciaga is just fabulous. Reminds me a little of Christopher Kane and is still referencing Nicholas Ghesquiere from when he was creative director at B.

mignonette Thu 27-Jun-13 11:06:26

Grumpy The Times was giving away a £2-99 copy of NW with a purchase of the newspaper in WHSmith last week. A few copies still available.

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 11:37:25

If I looked good in jumpers I would so buy J Crew

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 11:39:51

A cool pink for mig


LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 11:43:53

If you have nice legs:


mignonette Thu 27-Jun-13 12:04:50

That Valentino twinset reminds me of a Dior cardigan/sweater that I was desperate to find and i never could. It had a twisted front that made it resemble a badly buttoned up cardigan. Cannot find a picture for you all.

Here are a few quick pins of items I am considering from N&P sale-

Stella bra;

a nightwear playsuit that Gwen might like too;
A pair of boyshorts to wear with the bra here;

this Stella camisole would look good with a jean or pant in the day;

this Band of Outsiders skirt was styled with this cute Missoni bag. I don't normally buy 'outfit' suggestions from NAP but this caught my eye big time;

Balmain for about £90 from Hervia ;

Balmain for £150!;

navy dress;

more Balmain for only £56

mignonette Thu 27-Jun-13 12:06:25

Forgot this luscious Rochas metallic bag

mignonette Thu 27-Jun-13 12:17:07

Sorry for the deluge but I have to post when I can.

Look what I found- discount Giambattista Vialli shoes ob Cocosa here. I love these but goodness knows where I would wear them....

And here is a divine Preen dress. Lots more on this page.

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 13:06:26

Marsha PM!

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 13:13:06

Please can someone XS buy this??

MarshaBrady Thu 27-Jun-13 13:14:31

Thanks Shop! Have pm'd.

Love that Crumpet dress Linus.

Lovely links Mignon.

And meant to say congratulations Aunty Grumps! My brother had a little baby girl the other day. So chubby, so cute.

MarshaBrady Thu 27-Jun-13 13:31:10

And thank you for books recs! I bought American Wife. I'm the same Grumpy has to be light. I did all that intense reading when younger, shelves full of it. But now I want something easy and engaging.

santamarianovella Thu 27-Jun-13 13:40:36

hi all!

thanks for the good wishes, you are all so lovely! we had a great evening,so nice to enjoy a child free meal ,in a proper restaurant with proper food.
DH liked the dress...a lot grin.

i didnt see any chanel,but a group of foreign women were dripping in cartier,one of them was wearing the most gorgeous white gold pave diamond love bracelet,i could not stop looking at it,swoon worthy.

linus i love the idea of a footstool for you bag ! the french really know the true value of bags!, oh and i have the crumpet carmen dress,its was my best AW buy,very easy to dress,looks great with tights and biker boots ,i highly recommend it.

dry you have my sympathy! and just yesterday you were having a lovely date with your new flame nancy grin.

mig loooove your shoulder move! im clumsy,so dh would seriously think i dislocated my shoulder,

shop im searching too for a nice statement necklace or pendant that is not flowery.will have to do some search later on.

marsha im reading dan brown latest book inferno,and i have gone girl in my kindle and hope to read it this summer.

novice glad you sorted things out for your charity.

grumpy congrats on being an auntie!

im enjoying all your links today ,fab stuff!

foxysocks Thu 27-Jun-13 13:42:51

oof shop.... love the shape but not sure i can do tomato red.

haha yes a footstool is genius. the floor! <shock> no way nancy.

foxysocks Thu 27-Jun-13 13:43:47

shop sorry to be a pain but can you relink that ring measuring guide? i managed to loose the tab. thanks xx

QueenCadbury Thu 27-Jun-13 13:54:52

Oh goodness dry, good luck with that. Hope you manage to find a suitable bush to hide in when you need the loo. A bunch of 4yo would find it hilarious to see Mrs Dry weeing grin!

I seriously need to start reading again and spend less time on MN. I'm about to join a book club so hopefully that will inspire me. I used to love all the classics but can't imagine reading something so heavy now.

mig hope you're ok. The best advice I ever received as a nursing student was that to look after others, you must look after yourself. Please take time off if you need to with your head injury.

Dh had the frugal talk with me. We've basically spent loads on the house this month, have paid the balance of our holiday and paid for my Marrakech trip. I'm not going to impose a spending ban as they never work but any new purchases are going to have to be seriously justifiable. Think I'll try and not spend over the next couple of months and wait now till autumn especially as I have the birthday dress purchase then!

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 14:03:23

try this Foxy
Whatcha getting? Whatcha getting?
Am seriously reconsidering my Arty now I have a £30 credit
I am so in love with that Splendid dress. If anyone sees it anywhere in a medium or large PLEASE (begs) let me know?

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 14:04:15
LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 14:17:10

God that Preen dress is beautiful!!! Soooo tempted. But I bet they don't deliver to Switzerland.

Love the colour of that Stella bra!

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 14:28:35

And that Splendid dress is lovely too, but as we all know I am not an xs.wink

Santa, tha reminds me, I would like to pin that love bracelet (sans diamonds) in white gold. DH has actually gone in store and enquired about the price <hopeful emoticon>

santamarianovella Thu 27-Jun-13 14:37:53

queen i was a great reader in my teens and at university . i went through a russian phase and read really heavy works by tolstoy and dostoevsky,but i cant see myself reading stuff like that now. i prefer reading light trashy novels,or suspense ones like the girl with dragon tattoo which was phenomenal.

im planing on doing the exact thing . limit my shopping for a couple of months unless its something i know will sell out fast. its so much easier to do it now as the stores are still filled with sales stuff,and nothing exciting will come out till end of august and early september.

linus its beyond gorgeous. everything else about her was fake but her bling was the real deal.

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 14:39:44

My red Henrietta's have arrived and they are perfect! I was a bit afraid about the size but the 38 fits like a glove. My quest for red shoes is over! Now all I need is that red scarf.

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 14:56:56

I used to be a great reader, even as a child. The amount times my mum had to come into my room after midnight and tell me off because I was still reading.

I do prefer light reading now as well, mainly because with the DC I don't have the time to really get swept away by a story.

So I mainly read non-fiction now (although I loved the Stieg Larsson books) and biographies in particular.

I read them in bed on my Iphone before falling asleep. At the moment I am reading Wait for Me, the biography of the Duchess of Devonshire (Deborah Mitford, I love reading about the Mitfords) and I have also read the biographies of Miranda Hart, Clare Balding (all that racing lingo is so confusing Grumpy) and David Mitchell.

foxysocks Thu 27-Jun-13 15:08:59

getting a kindle has brought back my love of reading. I did BA and masters in eng lit, and read avidly as a child, but dropped off the intensity through my 20s. getting a kindle means i have a whole library at my fingertips, it's so light and not harsh on the eyes like a backlit screen. i am once again devouring whole books in days.

still looking at the arty too shop, but i need to wait until July now. am owed a chunk of ££ from a project earlier this year so COULD use that, but instead I think i'll put it towards my india trip.

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 15:11:37

Whole books in days? With a toddler? Dreams.......
Glad the shoes are perfect Linus good stuff
Marsha did you do it? Did you?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 27-Jun-13 15:15:36

Great links today everybody.

Linus I enjoyed Clare's autobiography as she is very much a contemporary. Mitfords hugely fascinating too (I adored The Pursuit Of Love) - imagine my surprise when a little genaeology research done by my maternal uncle turned up the Mitfords in our family tree! Some good eggs, some rotten ones... Your taste in reading sounds quite like my own. Also, the J Crew spotted sweater you linked to has a less ££ doppelganger in Boden's AW13 preview, I have pre-ordered, of course.

Drove all the way to Nottingham today (about 40 mins) to get stowaway security tag removed from sweater, but now feel like I have a new sweater all over again.

Only remaining items to buy for summer are Panama hat, Tory Burch cuff and toothpick jeans (not really summer, but I want them NOW). Then I will be complete (until September) wink

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 27-Jun-13 15:20:01
MarshaBrady Thu 27-Jun-13 15:30:17

Not yet Shop! Dh would kill me since we have oodles of cc costs this month that we couldn't cancel and yes... you know.

Hmm thinking about eBay. Could shift some stuff I have lying around.

I survived! grin
Marsha have created a book pin reading, thrillers, historical thrillers,sentimental,autobiographies ( loved CBs ) anything........just need to get off MN!
Lovely links everyone.

My current read is a book about quantum physics......not sure if that's me bragging or not though blush

I left the Max Mara dress, you were all right, I have no need for it and it would just sit in my wardrobe mocking me. I bought some thundercats converse instead grin

GwendolynMoon Thu 27-Jun-13 17:03:33

I absolutely love the navy Asos dress Mig just not sure when I would wear it. Being on maternity leave means a very different perspective on wardrobe needs! wink

GwendolynMoon Thu 27-Jun-13 17:06:34

Thundercats converse one?? Link please if poss? I am so jealous!

I've pinned them on my 'my style' pinterest board. Same name on there as here smile

Decameron Thu 27-Jun-13 17:31:42

Hi all.
Mignonette, hope you are starting to feel better. DD2 and I go through a punnet of strawberries a day, we could empty your allotment in no time!

Linus, which are the red Henriettas?

Dry, love the Nancy bag, just gorgeous.

QueenC, DH and I have a frugality chat on a regular basis. I try!

Foxy, I read The Darker Side Of Love recently, really enjoyed it. Marsha, I've just finished The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman, also check out anything by Elinor Lipman, Anita Shreve, Anne Tyler, Annie Proulx, and second (third?) Curtis Sittenfeld.

Gwen, I really like those Hush fish print pajamas too.

Found a great pair of pale grey skinny jeans and ordered two pairs of Lululemon leggings, they honestly make you look two sizes smaller.
Also really tempted by this blouse to wear to a christening soon but not sure, it is still quite exxy. Love the colour and always get good wear out of DVF though.

foxysocks Thu 27-Jun-13 17:45:14

That blouse is delish but watch the lining - 100% poly would be too hot for me

I love lulu leggings, they are the absolute bomb

Currently trying to ignore NaP, and failing. When will the next lot of reductions hit? I hope it's soon...

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 18:39:32

Grumpy wow that Boden jumper is very J Crew-esque.

Decam the Henrietta's are these

one singing and quantum physics? You are a woman of many talents. wink

What would be the best place to sell a Tod's bag? I bought one many years ago and even though I like the style, the colour really doesn't suit any of my clothes. I still have the dustbag but nothing else. I guess Ebay is the obvious choice but I am a bit wary of selling on there as I have heard horror stories

If I sell it I might put the money towards another Céline or maybe even a 2.55.

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 19:26:39

Gorgeous Missoni shoes on secret sales for £49 some down from £500 plus. Hurry going fast.....

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 19:34:05

Just ordered these Missoni pointed flats in a 7. Hope they fit. I'm either going to love them or hate them when they arrive but for £49 bought from EBay proceeds I had to get them...... I think they'll work with lots of bits this Autumn.

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 19:41:26

I've sold a few Mulberry bags on EBay with very few problems...... Or maybe you have a dress agency who might sell it and take a commission?

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 19:47:34

Sorry, last post was meant for Linus

shop lovely shoes. What is " secret sales"? If buying on ebay how would you know the bags weren't fake? Am lusting after your black hobo and not made any more I think.a few on ebay............

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 19:55:38

Nice shoes!

Might have a look at Ebay and see what I need to do to sell a bag.

Anni where are you?

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 19:58:37

Do you really like them Linus or have I gone mental? I do love Missoni print and hope they'll be fairly timeless?? If they don't fit I should be able to recoup most of what I spent on EBay? Fingers crossed.....
Anni is about on Pin.......

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 20:09:16

To be fair when I saw 'Missoni' I thought I wouldn't like them, because I'm not normally a fan of Missoni prints. (I know, fashion blasphemy)

But when I clicked on the link I was pleasantly surprised, I really do like them. The colours make it a very versatile shoe that will work with a lot of outfits.

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 20:28:02

Thanks Linus

mignonette Thu 27-Jun-13 20:29:01

I like the Missoni's Shop. They'll coordinate with a surprising amount of colours. Good buy!

I'm not keen on the Missoni space knit although on a Pin you can see the cuff of my Missoni space knit dark red cardigan!

DeCameron I think those grey jeans are the ones beloved by Kate Moss. They are fast becoming a fashion legend..

Linus - those Henriettas are like wearing a 2:55 on your feet. Like them...

Marsha Congrats on your new nephew. I'm awaiting a new niece due by induction in the next few days.

Have gone on an ice cream pinning frenzy so beware all you shredders...wink. Have pinned loads of books though from my collection plus ones awaiting reading. I have a Kindle but I prefer owning books as I lend out a lot. I'm kind of an informal lending library with no fines.....

LinusDKD Thu 27-Jun-13 20:47:17

Stop it Mig! I have been chewing gum all evening so I would not be tempted to try one of the baklavas I bought for DH's birthday.

The swine ate ALL of them! At least I still have my wine, that is one thing I'm not giving up.

mignonette Thu 27-Jun-13 20:55:54

I need to invent some new chewing gum flavours!

shopafrolic Thu 27-Jun-13 21:01:14

All these babies! Sorry Marsha I missed that! Congrats to you too... X

santamarianovella Thu 27-Jun-13 21:30:44

gorgeous missoni flats shop, just the kind of thing i see all the chic italians are wearing on holiday, and what a bargain.

i too was wandering about ani , please comeback !

linus i sold a few bags and shoes on ebay,through someone that is,so i dont know all the hard work.

i love baklavas!

mig you are devilish!,i have a tube of waitrose raspberry sorbet for my ice cream cravings, but after having a look at your board im in the mood for that peach ricotta ice cream, looks yummy.
and i love your american pie board,its a dream of mine to go on a trip to the american country side.

LeFreakCestChic Thu 27-Jun-13 21:52:00

Popping in to say what great links these are.
But Must Not Buy summer clothes. I much prefer A W stuff and it gets way more CPW than what we laughingly call summer. am holding out for autumn gear.
Does anyone have a Boden code? I remember there was a 20% but have I missed the boat?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 27-Jun-13 22:47:57

Have finished with summer stuff now too LeFreak. Bought my last few things today, went for a panama instead of a trilby
holiday earrings
bargain and would look nice with a tan
needed espadrilles, thanks Shop

No more now, however tempting. Did pick up Lewiston wash toothpick jeans from J Crew, but they don't count as summer clothes. Must get ebaying!

libertychick Thu 27-Jun-13 22:50:46

Hello - so, so tired. Saw GP today as PMT is dreadful and basically knocking me out for at least 10 days per month...

I walked past Agnes B on Marylebone High Street today and the most gorgeous blue cotton shirt with a white heart print beckoned me in. Voguettes, I bought the shirt - £125 blush I have never before spent so much an a shirt. I adore it, and am VERY put out that's it's not on the website so I can't pin it sad. I will not remove the labels for at least a week in case I reconsider post much for the Burberry fund but I have a good feeling about this shirt and it's future significance in my life. smile

Sorry for lack of feedback - too exhausted - normal service should resume in 3 or 4 days - but enjoying all the links very much.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 27-Jun-13 22:54:58

Woops, seems I can't link to the spadrilles without signing in, sorry. They are the turquoise striped ones anyway.

Has anyone seen the preview of the Mulberry AW13 campaign featuring Cara Delvingne? It's in this week's Grazia - found myself drowning in a pool of my own covetousness.

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 09:56:32

Grumpy your links make me feel in need of a holiday! So sick of this weather. Glad you go the espadrilles - bargainous and so pretty. ANd I love your Panama. I was going to buy a hat (not sure if anyone saw / liked the NaP links to hats I posted up thread) but I'm not sure I'll get to wear it at this rate!
Liberty am going to PM you......

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 09:59:30

Oh and Liberty your shirt sounds v pretty.

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 10:32:11

Santa if you want an ice cream that is less calorific and fatty then try Yog mango and passionfruit, Asda coconut and mango yoghurt ice cream and Waitrose yoghurt ice creams. I also like Kulfi.

Thank you for looking at American Pie. My Kudzu Girl board looks at the Deep South as i am completely obsessed with it. If anybody wants to read a fantastic modern Southern Gothic writer, try Bailey White. Her collections of essays and short stories ('Sleeping at the Starlite Motel', 'Mamma Makes Up Her Mind') are the best there is. She writes of 'The silent watchfulness of spiders'...a sentence that makes the hairs stand up on my arms.

Grumpy I hope you do not mind but I have to order that Tory Burch cuff. It is divine.

Yes I bought Grazia. It was a day late for some reason. Mulberry looks lovely but I truly am sick to the back teeth of the Delevigne as the media has gone bat shit crazy for her in their desperation to recreate the days of the supermodels. Please please please can we see some other models? My favourite is Arizona Muse. Her first editorial with US Vogue had her posing in Arizone (imagination of the magazine shows no bounds) with her little son, Nico. She is old time beautiful and makes me think of mid western housewives in their droopy teadresses, bobbed hair and languid, long waisted elegance.

liberty I'm so sorry to hear what a bad time you are having of it. I hope the GP could help you. I can read in your posts what you are feeling. PM me if you want a 'chat' about it. Time to put on that shirt, get yourself to somewhere you find calming and tranquil, take a book and try to lose yourself. There's a reason why so many women crave carbs during hormonal upheaval- they help the body make and utilise serotonin. So go with it. High protein diets are not always the way to go with PMS if you are on anything like that.

Today I am wearing my Gap dark grey roll cuff chinos with this watch in yellow/green colourway, these metallic sandals, a mid grey sloppy Uniqlo sweatshirt and black Malene Birger button side vest from Outnet. Not sure if the watch/sandals combo is too many pops of brightness.

I had no call outs last night for a change, normally Thursdays can be hectic because carers/GPs get nervous with weekends coming up Slightly surprised to find myself waking up in my bed at the usual time and worrying that I'd slept through a call but no....[phew face)

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 10:36:25

More evidence of deranged PMT'ness - the shirt is actually white background with navy hearts!! But the overall impression is dark blue. Still gorgeous though. It's hidden in the bottom of the wardrobe until I can muster the courage to tell DH what it cost - actually I may lie and say it was in the sale <naughty DW emoticon>.

Grumpy I love those earrings! V sunshine appropriate.

How awful is today's weather? Wearing Tommy Hillfiger straight leg jeans, lovely shocking pink Gap sweater I got from Shop, grey and yellow NB's, pink, blue and green floral scarf from Oasis and the Whistles biker.

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 10:41:21

Thanks Mig - had very good advise from GP. Will pm you later actually...

Diet abandoned for this week - have eaten loads and yet have lost 0.5kg when I weighted myself this morning. Have done a lot of walking though as I need the exercise to work off the feelings of angst.

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 10:42:23

weighed not weighted!!! How insane would weighting yourself be????? (unless you're a jockey)

I can sympathize with the PMT liberty mine used to be terrible. I ended up having the implant so that it would stop my periods altogether because I was bat shit crazy (more so than normal that is) for 10-12 days out of the month. I really couldn't cope with the PMT at all. I had every test imaginable as there were lots of symptoms apart from just the hormonal mood swings, it was very rough so you have my utmost sympathies.

Today's outfit is all black except for a cheeky red bow in my hair. Can't decide if I should wear my black shoes or break out the thundercats converse for a bit of contrast

QueenCadbury Fri 28-Jun-13 11:45:59

Morning all. Another hormonal crazy woman here grin. It is amazing how you can go from being completely sane to completely crazy overnight!

I'm suffering peppa pig overload this morning. Dd2 is not herself at all and is having quiet cuddles on the sofa. She's a bit snotty and I think her last 2 teeth are coming though bless her.

I'm full of body self loathing today. My tummy is still really bruised but also where they filled me with air my skin has stretched and made the stretch marks really prominent again and it all looks really flabby again as well. I haven't been able to exercise since last week either as it's still sore and even pushing the buggy on the school run makes it hurt. Hopefully next week I can start shredding again.

liberty glad I'm not t he only one who hides purchases from dh!

Annianni Fri 28-Jun-13 11:57:34

Hello ladies...

Sorry I disappeared for a bit, but i've been feeling a bit crap down recently. I'm not happy with how I look at the moment, clothes that I bought a couple of months ago, don't fit... but I can't seem to get my head into gear and sort things out.

I'm getting dressed in the morning, and not feeling nice.


Shop, so sorry you've had a lousy time with dh.
Hope you manage to sort things out.
I actually told dh I was leaving a few weeks ago... but then he pointed out that I had nowhere to go grin

Marsha... shock on the job front. But you did the right thing if it was like that. Enjoy the childcare that's booked while you can.

Liberty, I know how you feel... I think we need to see your new purchase. Do what I do and take a photo in the bathroom to pin.

Decam, great jeans (as usual)
Have you used that lovely new Anya yet?

QueenC hope you get back to normal soon.

Mig please stop pinning icecream... i've eaten a tub of cookie dough Haagen Daaz (sp) in less than 24 hours and it's all your fault

Dry, love your new friend, she's so pretty!

Foxy, love the khaki cargo's. They are very nice.

Amber, hope the arm's better. Love the zebra shirt... it's fab.

Novice, well done with the charity. Such a lovely thing to do.

Hello to the newbies, hello to Sleep, Santa and One

Linus, how is ds?

Who've I missed?

Ds2 had both lips bust at the weekend (the second time that's happened)
Ds1 keeps leaping across the room onto his bed, whilst ds2 is on the bed.
I keep telling him he's too big to do that with ds2 about, but he doesn't listen angry

I've done bits of shopping lately, i'll link in a bit.

Annianni Fri 28-Jun-13 12:12:53

Whistles jacket i've ordered to try.

Whistles khaki jacket I bought last week, but am undecided on.
It looks nice with jeans (and the Jenny's) though.

Ebay bargain Goldsign's for £23. Bit too snug at the moment, but the should nicely fit if/when I get my arse into gear.

This is due today, along with a couple of Becksondergaard (sp) scarves to try from Asos.

I bought this in marl grey last week for a whole £6-99, so i've ordered the white to try.

Gap have an extra 20% off sale again today, with the code EXTRA20.

Also ordered another pair of the deconstructed jeans that me, QueenCand 40bum have... but i've ordered a bigger size as mine don't fit at the moment hmm but they've only cost about a tenner, so I can't complain really.

I got this Whistles pale grey marl top last week, to hide behind... it's very loose.

Also really comfy pink shoes they are very bright, and I want to wear them with denim and grey, like QueenC's pin

I did order 2 bags from Atterley Road, but they weren't nice irl, and got sent straight back.

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 12:13:14

Yay great to have you back Anni. I ate a tub of ice cream this week too blush

What's with all our collective PMT, relationship angst's, weight etc - I am blaming the lack of sun - we all need a massive dose of vit D and some days of lunching outdoors with wine smile

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 12:18:03

Anni I saw the Whistles Mila jacket in store yesterday and it is gorgeous. Feels lovely and a great shape - I was so tempted.

Love that pin.

MarshaBrady Fri 28-Jun-13 12:31:26

Hi Anni great to see you, lovely stuff as usual. Love the pink and khaki.

Liberty and QueenC sorry to hear about horrendous pmt. We'll all be synching soon wink.

Ah I am relishing the rain for a change. Sports Day cancelled so Dh and I are home, I know ds1 will be pleased too.

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 12:33:37

I think we may be synchronising our cycles- like Nuns. Well, shopping Nuns anyway.

I have to keep pinning Ice creams- it is a soothing device. I do apologise. Not enough to stop though wink...I eat a small bowl nearly every day -about 5 times a week but I only have three tablespoons, mix it with tons of fruit/nuts and put it in a little bowl. Never ever eat out of the tub. I make a lot of my own so can use tricks to lower fat/calories like using Stevia, emulsificants other than cream or milk and whacking in other lower calorie ingredients. Eating it plain like Vanilla increases intake because it melts in the mouth and there's no chew. You use less effort to eat it and so consume more. That is my theory anyway.

AnniAnni I'm sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling so good. I can't imagine that there's a single person on here that doesn't empathise and I bet we've all been there. I like the jacket and the slouchy tops which are comforting and forgiving of body issues whether perceived or actual. i know my own perception/evaluation can be skewed because DH will say spontaneously that he thinks I am looking particularly good/well and it'll not always coincide with how I feel I look. But a few extra pounds can wreck havoc on ones confidence can't they?

Liberty Glad GP took you seriously. They do not always do this with PMS do they? I have to watch a few of my clients very carefully around PMS time as it sometimes slings a wrecking ball through management of conditions like BiPolar and some personality and affect combinations.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 28-Jun-13 12:35:27

Mig - be my guest - they are lovely aren't they - and what a reduction!

I am with you 100% - I just don't get the whole Delvingne thing at all, her and Rita Ora just arsing about at everything gives me proper ball ache. I actually have pics on my phone of Arizona Muse from pausing the TV during her Vuitton ad, I was taking them to the hairdresser for inspiration. Then I remembered that, even with an identical haircut I would still look like me, not her grin She is magnificent.

MarshaBrady Fri 28-Jun-13 12:36:57

I have noticed those delicious ice cream pins Mignon they are gorgeous. I find it all very soothing.

Shop did you find a necklace?

Annianni Fri 28-Jun-13 12:39:58

I've not seen it irl Liberty, but I snapped it up when they added more lines to the sale yesterday.

My lena jacket's are too snug at the moment, so I don't know if it'll fit yet.

The AV grey top just came, and there's nooo way it'll fit, so it'll go straight back.
The scarves are nice but they're the cotton ones and feel a bit stiff, so i'll probably send them back too. They are lovely and big though.

MarshaBrady Fri 28-Jun-13 12:40:19

I don't mind Cara but so many shots of her crossing her eyes and pulling a funny face! Also not keen on that whole Rita and Cara stuff the dm touts. (Not that I have to look of course).

Big fan of Arizona Muse too, love the shots by Victor someone.

santamarianovella Fri 28-Jun-13 12:51:54

nice to have you back anni,and sorry to hear you have been feeling lousy lately, BELIEVE me we ALL have been like that,and i love your khaki jacket,

im another pms victim that turns into a complete monster a week before AF,i just want to start a fight with anyone.

liberty i love agnes b,and its wise to not remove tags,incase you want to return it.

mig i love frozen yoghurt ,will try the waitrose one.

queeni wish DD would watch pippa,its the wiggles and barney at our house.i hate the i love you song,i always skip it,im not a bad mummy i swear,its just better for my sanity to not hear it grin.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 28-Jun-13 12:52:48

The trouble with Cara is that however good she looks, she is everywhere and it's getting a bit tedious. DD1 loves her.

Mmmmmmmm. Ice cream pies. Now I know what I want for lunch.

MarshaBrady Fri 28-Jun-13 13:02:45

I can imagine she's a hit with the youngsters.

Watching Wmbledon, Stakhovsky and his wife are really sweet.

MarshaBrady Fri 28-Jun-13 13:09:46

Anni sorry to hear you've been feeling a bit down. I am not good on calorie reduced diets but am a big fan of low carb. I feel awful when I don't do it and feel so much better when I do. Not sure if you fancy that type of thing.

QueenCadbury Fri 28-Jun-13 13:14:35

Who else has grazia? Did you read the artice about the delivigners? I cannot imagine what makes a grown woman travel round the country to try and meet someone famous confused. And don't get me started on Rita ora, I just don't get her at all. Or alexa. Or Rhianna. Am I just an old grump grin?

anni sorry to hear you're not feeling great. As others have said we've all been there. It's amazing how a few extra pounds (or a bruised stretch marked tum! ) can have such an adverse effect on your self esteem.

mig carry on pinning ice cream. It does nothing for me at all <gets kicked off thread>. Start pinning pictures of Cadbury dairy milk though and I won't be happy grin.

Dd fell asleep on me and luckily I transferred her to her cot without waking her. santa I'm glad she moved onto peppa. It used to baby jake she was obsessed with and I find him a but freaky!

Annianni Fri 28-Jun-13 13:14:54

Thanks Marsha and everyone... I need to sort my head out, there's some things I need to deal with that are making me unhappy, so I eat because i'm upset and I don't exercise... then I hate how I look, which makes me upset again... i'm just going round in circles.
Dh just wants me to be happy.

Shop... are you about?
I need to ask your advice on more bloody boots... shall pm now.

MarshaBrady Fri 28-Jun-13 13:15:11

Decam have been meaning to say I love that DvF blouse and think you should get it. So pretty, would look lovely on you.

(Argh so many posts!)

Annianni Fri 28-Jun-13 13:24:32

Is that the pink blouse she's pinned lately Marsha?

If yes, then I agree grin

QueenCadbury Fri 28-Jun-13 13:25:56

I meant to say, thank you for the idea of giving my friend a cake. I left one and some flowers on her doorstep yesterday. She texted to say it was delicious. I don't think she was lying grin.

QueenCadbury Fri 28-Jun-13 13:26:19

Oh yes decam I love that blouse too.

MarshaBrady Fri 28-Jun-13 13:26:56

Yes the pink one. So nice!

MarshaBrady Fri 28-Jun-13 13:27:51

Ah that's very nice QueenC. I bet it was very much appreciated.

Annianni Fri 28-Jun-13 13:29:11

It's pretty... Decam buy buy buy!!!!!!!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 28-Jun-13 13:30:34

QC from one Grump to another, I'm with you all the way. Always love Alexa's clothes, but what does she do any more? Rihanna is just beyond yuck. I remember being in the US a couple of years ago and SIL was reading a magazine with a feature on 'How to get Rihanna's look for under $20'. SIL remarked "I'd be surprised if it took $20".

Hi everyone, what lovely links you've all been posting! Sorry you are feeling down Anni, fwiw I am a fan of low-ish (or at least unprocessed) carb eating too, 80% of the time anyway, weekends I just let loose grin.

Congratulations on the new baby (and handbag...they are similar!) arrivals - anyone else feeling broody? DH and I keep going round in circles on DC4 it really bad that not being able to wear any of my lovely clothes for two years a year or so is just one of the things that makes me hesitate blush?

The frugality chat resonated! DH and I have it from time to time and I go off with best intentions but then it occurs to me that if I do cut back he may start expecting that a general lower level of spending could be achieved all the time shock - not what we want grin!

I just got back from watching DS1 in his school play, Guys & Dolls, was fantastic, very entertaining. Rest day from the gym as too busy and I am still aching from a PT session I had with a newly qualified guy I know from the gym on Wednesday, he made me work really hard and I managed to do an unassisted pull up on the bar so am very proud of myself. Target is to do two next time!

Today I am wearing faithful distressed Zara jeans, navy wang vest, maje blue sequin cardi, green glass ball pendant and snakey ballet flats with grey falabella bag. Am about to head to Oxford St for a quick whizz around Whistles (still have that bloody credit note), a leg wax then on to Victoria to passport office. DH won't be back til tomorrow evening, so I need to plan tomorrow with DC's, am thinking swimming then maybe Despicable Me 2 if weather is like it is today.

I ordered a few things from MW yesterday after they made further reductions...
-this dress which I had considered before but saw on a mum at school on Wednesday and it looked gorgeous in RL (she was very blonde and tanned which helped)
- Joseph jumper, again, I think it looked nicer when I tried it in RL
these crazy leggings - got sucked in by the "seriously flattering" bit in description but we will see grin

Decameron Fri 28-Jun-13 13:42:39

Liberty and Anni, sorry you aren't feeling great. Liberty, the blouse sounds very French. Anni, great buys. I particularly like the pink shoes, I have similar and have worn them loads.

Really don't like Grazia any more, I did buy it the other day though as it was only £1. The Mulberry bags were amazing but I can't stomach the prices any more!

My neighbour was just here and said no to the blouse. It's not her style at all! I love it though going to sleep on it. It comes out of the Burberry budget!

QueenC, DD2 has just moved on from Baby Jake to Peppa too, phew.

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 13:43:48

I'm here Anni PM away

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 28-Jun-13 13:44:23

Very nice links Sleep - the SbC dress is a stunner.

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 13:58:23

Right, waves to all!
I'm going to be a little controversial here - same advice applied to me a code of weeks ago BTW.
If any of you are feeling down in the dumps please don't shop! Especially if it relates to body issues. My exception to this is shoes, bags and lipstick I guess but it doesn't make you happier unless the underlying issues are fixed. Pointless to buy more clothes until you are happy in your skin. Dull I know but as historical sufferer of bouts of depression, and as a serial shopper who got myself significantly in debt in my 20s I'm semi qualified to say it.
Sending big hugs to Anni we're always here to listen - I know this from personal experience after my dramas this week!

No necklaces yet, slower than usual from the Outnet, Monday now I guess. V excited about my Missoni pumps too!

QueenCadbury Fri 28-Jun-13 14:10:37

shop wise words. It's true-I realised that I often used to go shopping when I felt down about myself and that facing yourself semi naked in bright lights of changing rooms is not a good idea! You just come away feeling worse. Although now that online shopping is so quick and easy it's a bit different.

dec I don't particularly enjoy grazia anymore really. Dh did me a subscription ages ago and I keep on at him to cancel it. It's just like any mag and is the same every week. I bought red and Elle last week when I had my op and they were pretty dire too. Same old, same old every year about bikini diets and fake tans. Gosh, I sound like such an old gimmer today grin

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 14:12:14

Well done on the cake Queen

Sleep That Chloe dress looks lovely. The kind of print I go for but I must not buy any more clothes for a while....sad

Wise words Shop.....The thing to do is to take yourself out of yourself..Get outside into the fresh air, stay away from mirrors, wear lovely perfume, wear lovely textures that 'feel' lovely next to your skin, lipstick is perfect as is a good dab of blush to lift a face and a mood. Lots of liquids, address sleep issues, get help with over eating; there are some good books I can recommend that we use for clients if anybody wants to PM. And a good GP may be able to point you in the direction of help too for eating issues. It takes a long time to incubate an eating difficulty so don't expect it to vanish via willlpower or 'common sense' alone. Don't be a cat that walks by itself-reach out for help and support.

QueenCadbury Fri 28-Jun-13 14:13:37

sleep no, definately not broody. I have my moments but I know that I could never cope with a 4th. Hats off to you if you do. We went round in circles for ages about dc3. Dh always wanted a 3rd and I was undecided following 2 hideous pregnancies and a bout of pnd. Just as I'd decided definately not we weren't careful enough and she happened! She's definately completed the family though.

Turn your thinking around and think of all the lovely maternity clothes you cn buy grin

hmm shop ...." My exception is shoes,bags and lipstick..." I have recently found that you can still spend a lot on these items grin wink
Anni I'm glad you're back, was wondering where you'd got and your bricks. Are the up yet? So sorry you're not feeling s good.

My theory is that it's the end of season we are entering the fashion wilderness which will last until end August and properly end in Sept when A/W stock is well and truly in. Rain doesn't help either.

I'll second low carbing......I used to suffer terrible indigestion and bloating, completely gone. I think exercise and those endorphin thingies which I thought were an annoying myth in the days when I was a Vogue reading couch potato actually do exist. I also think, even if you don't loose weight, the feeling that you're looking after yourself is a definite pick me up.
And my motto has always been " dress to impress and people will see the clothes not the body flaws". And for god sake don't try to hide the bad bits under loose clothing which I did for years, it only makes you look bigger.

And finally......I gave a big bear hug to a sobbing collegue this morning, I'm always here smile

P.s Mig you are an awesome and v impressive ice cream connoisseur

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 14:17:23

For me walking outdoors, becoming aware of my real life surroundings as opposed to my dream world surroundings. Gardening - having my hands in the soil it eating something I've grown myself makes me feel proud and grounded. Exercise, and being with friends. Talking does help.
Sorry if I sounded a bit fierce but I worry for people who shop for comfort, I nearly lost my home because of it (per marriage to DH)
If I can help in any way please shout, and of course, if you want to keep shopping feel free to shout "screw you Shop!" At the top of your voices grin
Here's to happy times, great relationships and body confidence for all of us wine

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 14:21:35

I read British and American Vogue, French Vogue occasionally, loads of food magazines such as Gather, Lucky Peach, CherryBombe...

The Gentlewoman is a fantastic womens magazine, modern and different.

I will browse through Grazia but it is like fast food with aspirations-still leaves me unsatisfied. Rihanna? Emotionally unstable and no fashion 'icon' more like a clothes hanger for low-brow designers. Chung? Try as she might, her recent whiny interview did not convince me that she knows the meaning of 'work' . Just what other then selfie studded holidays and freebies, does she do? What a superficial life she and others like Pixie and Peaches Geldof, Leigh Lezark appear to lead.

And sick of 'street style' features full of Russian 'fashion designers/bloggers/stylists/socialites' with more money than good taste. They all look like they've staggered out of the Vogue clothes cupboard after a clothes bomb has gone off in it. Talk about wearing your bank account on your back...Vika Gazanskya, Miroslava Duma, Elena Perminova- they are all over the online style pages...And then there are the 'inheritance-nepotista's as I call them. Famous because of mummy or daddy. No intention of doing any work other than that which gets them fame and loads of freebies. They never want to become nurses,doctors, teachers, engineers, scientists, business people, secretaries, carers bla bla bla do they?

And I really am not jealous of all their freebies. I am proud that my DH and I earn every penny of what I/we spend. All me, all us.

That's my rant..

I have to say, possibly more vehemently than other already have, that exercise is probably the best thing you can do. I know you can get stuck in a rut of not doing any or feeling like doing it, but honestly, try to think of it as being as much a party of your daily routine as taking a shower-anything will do, Shred, a run, a walk or gardening, try and make sure you do something every day. For me, doing it mostly apart from the family gives me the headspace and sense of time for myself too. Manage to make the effort to stick to this every day for a month or two and it really will become a habit you feel odd not doing.

Shop's advice re shopping is very wise too.

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 14:25:30

YES to gardening.It is total therapy. I garden a lot and am very proud of my garden and allotment. Gardening saved me a long time ago. Yes to outside. Yes to whatever exercise you can do. Walking/hiking is so beneficial. I used to run a walking group for patients. Out in the car/minibus to wherever we could find, a walk then a picnic/cafe meal. Everyone back happy, tired and present in the World.

Decameron Fri 28-Jun-13 14:29:44

Anni, forgot to say, I have been using the bag, it was a good buy (DH probably wouldn't agree though). Still lusting after this bag too. I also find low carbing good. Take care of yourself.

Love all the My-Wardrobe clothes you ordered, Sleep. I have no desire to have another baby, two is my limit! I get very grumpy on little sleep.

I've started buying home style magazines instead (even older gimmer smile). I subscribe to Red but just flick through.

I think I've talked myself out of the DVF blouse. For now, of course.

Decameron Fri 28-Jun-13 14:31:37

I don't know who half the people in Grazia are.

Anni, is there a gym with a crèche nearby? I used to go all the time with DD1, she enjoyed playing there and sometimes I'd sit and have coffee instead of working out, but it was a nice break either way.

QueenCadbury Fri 28-Jun-13 14:32:11

Another yes from me for exercise even if it's just the school run. I'm really missing not having done any all week. Fresh air really is good for the soul.

shop you didn't sound fierce at all, just sensible.
I'd have loved more kids but just didn't want to have them......

The thing I find weird about Grazia is the mix of fluffy celeb and fashion which I love and more serious,often shocking current affair articles....seems wrong and distasteful somehow.

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 15:08:16

Yes dry Grazia will plop in a double spread on some terrible atrocity or abuse somewhere almost as a guilt assuager then book end it with fluff.

Annianni Fri 28-Jun-13 15:11:36

Thanks again everyone, you're going to make me cry.

I can't go to the gym, too embarrassed to put lycra on in public.
I do have a treadmill at home, so I've no excuse really.

So am I allowed to keep the Marant boots?
Even though I was/am fed up when I bought them grin

The asos parcel is going back after school.
Couldn't walk though unfortunately, it's pouring down.

It seems disrespectful to me Mig ( btw the blue dress was always my fav wink )

Back to's a weird thing. Was having a try on last night ( please tell me I'm not the only one). I've got short legs, 30" jean is fine on me, and not super skinny either, but when I tried my skinny black jeans cuffed like this they looked so much better than longer and a bit gathered at the bottom. You'd think cuffing a jean would make my legs look shorter I've been brain washed by Shzanna and Trinny is it ankle show? Don't get it at all.anyone?

I meant my legs aren't super skinny....and nothing like the legs in the photo!

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 15:19:31

Dry only yes to bags, shoes and lipsticks as they will always fit - clothes won't if weight is yo-yoing.
Anni tears are good too. Keep the Marant boots if you feel good in them and they make you smile. If the other stuff is just okay - send it back. The rain will go away. As my mum always says "this soon shall pass". Always here if you need an ear. xx

In other news - the Dressing Room sale starts tomorrow at 9.30 online and instore, and my Outnet order of necklaces and Missoni shoes are now on their way smile

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 15:21:47

Decam that LKB bag is beautiful.
We're stopping at one child, we decided we'd rather have one child who stands a good chance that his parents will stay married, than two and get divorced grin. DH definitely doesn't want another, and I have no strong feelings either way so best not too for us I think!

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 15:23:10

Keep the boots.

I ignore the 'fashion rules' because as you've found Dry, they are often incorrect. Horizontal stripes do not make people look wide either.

I think ankle exposing can be lengthening because it is a super narrow part of the leg whereas a puddle of fabric at the foot can foreshorten and ill define leg shape. I have always loved an exposed ankle bone-very sexy. It is also the cut of the jean. Some jeans just do not flatter and it can come down to one tiny little difference in seaming and cut. Low rise suit me (not crotch low) because i like that lean long torso when you tuck a shirt in. I will not wear super high waist pants despite their supposedly being flattering for my shape. Flares do not suit me yet sailor pants do!

foxysocks Fri 28-Jun-13 15:24:15

so many more replies! a few responses...

decam another YES vote for the beautiful pink blouse. shape is lovely, perfect for a christening. would look fab with white skinny/straight leg jeans and a denim jacket too.

I think we are synching! have been bloated all week due to ladies' holiday as it's known in ashtanga circles - you get to take the first three days off from practice in order to rest and recuperate. at first I HATED this - some kind of patriachal dictatorship?! erm NO, I will practice if I want to - but now I adore my extra break to sleep in and relax with my kindle.

anni it's horrid when you feel like that. YY to fresh air, exercise, limit computer and TV unless it's something you can get absorbed it and feel nourished by.... like wimbledon wink

i don't low carb or 5:2 or anything like that. I eat fresh wholesome food, not too much, mostly plants. I only buy ingredients - things like veg, fruit, fish. brown rice, soba noodles, spelt flours, unrefined sugars. oh and plenty of dark chocolate and wine wink. if I want a cake or a brownie I make it myself and enjoy every mouthful. never any guilt. daily yoga helps enormously - i used to have an eating disorder and although CBT gave me the tools to gain initial space, yoga has helped me actually move on and leave the old behaviours and patterns of thinking completely in the past.

sleep I love the idea of not getting your DH used to frugality! we have separate accounts and the same amount of allowable 'spends' each month, so I can use mine as I wish.

this month: CE cargos (still in stock here, j crew parka (medium back in stock here! and a theracane!. am calling that a huge June WIN.

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 15:26:09

Dry no idea re: cuffing thing on jeans. I think too long, bunched up jeans make legs look shorter as there's too much fabric - you can tell the jeans are just too long IYSWIM. I guess therefore that by cuffing them you give the illusion that your legs are too long for the jeans?
My brother is married to a Dutch woman and in the Netherlands lots of women wear their trousers stopping at the ankle. I always felt strange but am slowly being converted as with a 32 / 33 leg being good on me, ankle stoppers are usually the norm grin

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 15:28:09

I couldn't have any more after my second CS as i had a ruptured uterus and urinary bladder which destroyed the integrity of my uterine tissue. Cannot hold another pregnancy so chose to be sterilised aged 28. Not sure what I really think about it because 1) I am aware how lucky I am to survive with a live child too and 2) unsure whether I'd have wanted any more anyway.

However pregnant women are so lucky with their clothing choices now. I lived in leggings, stretchy black bodies worn with sweaters/sweatshirts and mini's, carved up jeans etc because maternity clothing was in its infancy in the early 90's as regards anything you'd actually choose to wear.

foxysocks Fri 28-Jun-13 15:28:16

I am loving ankle skimming jeans atm. my goldsigns do this, and I occasionally roll up my longer j brands to the same length. agree with mig, flash of ankle is lovely.

anni I would keep the marant boots and make them your one sale buy - send back the rest. they are gorgeous and will be so useful - CPW prospect = excellent

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 15:30:20

PMSL at the camel toe on photo number 11 of the theracane foxy

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 15:31:20

I'm so juvenile. Sorry. grin

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 15:33:42

Foxy Interesting for me to read about yoga as such a good therapeutic tool specifically for an ED. I might look into that professionally for my work. Did it help you make 'friends' with your body again? Did it reframe that relationship? Please PM if too personal or tell me to bog off with my nosey questions grin.

Shop great nugget of fashion info re Dutch women. Is that to stop their pants catching in their bicycles (nice bit of cultural stereotyping-apologies)? The women all looked very tall and healthy whenever i visited Holland!

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 15:35:07

Oh boy that camel is a doozy Shop

MarshaBrady Fri 28-Jun-13 15:37:10

Lol Shop grin

I always remember thinking that 7/8th ankle was particularly French. I had a French exchange student friend who always wore them back when skinnies were yet to be seen.

I've done various exercise over the years (running and swimming) but not yoga, I think it could be good for me.

I get hit by a jolt on pictures of new born little babies, especially my nieces but then it wanes after a bit. Bad sleep was a killer with ds2.

MarshaBrady Fri 28-Jun-13 15:39:32

Anni keep the Marant boots! You'll be back on form in no time and they're fabulous.

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 15:44:05

YY to cycling Mignon - flapping jeans and bike chains do not a happy Dutch woman make grin

foxysocks Fri 28-Jun-13 15:51:05

marsha i think you would make an excellent yogi.

mig yes, all those things. I began to see my body as (potentially!) strong, flexible, powerful rather than a battle ground. every morning in practice I amaze myself - I've learned to do things that at first seemed impossible. yoga is about exceeding your expectations, redefining possibilities, redrawing the 'picture' of yourself and your life. I wish it was available on the NHS! I was lucky - I had a 'flash' in my first ever yoga class of absolute calm. no internal chatter, the monologue (which used to be full of hatred and vitriol directed towards myself) faded away. that's what kept me going back for more. the physical benefits have been a very welcome side effect.

Annianni Fri 28-Jun-13 15:59:07

That's a camel toe and a half grin

I'd love another child, but I get horrendous spd and was on crutches for half of my last pregnancy and had weekly acupuncture to deal with the pain and enable me to walk (and you DO NOT want to know where she stuck the needles)

And due to an enormous fibroid (that I still have) ds2 was at risk and I had to stop work and rest.

Plus I had to have the most expensive cs that the hospital had done that year <proud>... and I'd need another next time.

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 16:01:56

Foxy I so wish you lived nearer and I could have some beginner sessions with you

Annianni Fri 28-Jun-13 16:02:12

I've ordered a new sports bra... so that's a start.

foxysocks Fri 28-Jun-13 16:02:21

bwahaha camel toe is ALWAYS funny!

no more children here, this uterus is CLOSED. two plenty - I feel extremely lucky, wouldn't want to push my luck any further and reclaiming my body after 2x pg / 2+ years bfing felt sooooooo good.

foxysocks Fri 28-Jun-13 16:04:14

shop I would love that too! if you are ever over this way let me know, we can do a little ashtanga workshop to get you started.

link anni?! I am in DESPERATE need of one (really two) new sports bras. mine are so old and mostly holes blush but I hate spending my precious budget on them! been eyeing up some stella m on NaP and outnet. might as well be stylish as I sweat, right voguettes?!

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 16:08:46

Foxy That's really lovely. The NHS mental health services are getting rid of our mental health physiotherapists so yoga instruction would be a no go.

Any recommendations for good yoga clothing? I bought my dear friend some yoga clothes online for her birthday last year. They were made from Bamboo fibre but cannot recall the name. And absolutely-fucking-lutely to stylish sports underwear.

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 16:09:38

More tales from the coal face of PMT madness....I went into TKMaxx at lunchtime and found a great pair of black jeans, (levis, slim leg, slight curve style). Then high on the thrill of finding the jeans I threw a green satchel, a blue scarf, a pink belt and a cropped blue T-shirt into the bag - handed over card for £76. Went to the cafe next door and had a cup of tea and a sandwich, looked at my purchases and thought 'WHAT THE MERRY FUCK am I doing??'. So straight back into TKMaxx and returned everything except the jeans - which at £30 for a pair of black jeans that fit me nicely are justifiable of on the basis that I don't have a pair black jeans so they fill a wardrobe gap but again will not remove labels until after 'the day'

Great chat this afternoon - some good insights.

Anni it's a hard ask but I think the key to weight management is to stop judging yourself by your weight. Body weight is just a fact about you not an indication of personal worth, being slim doesn't make you 'good', being fat doesn't make you 'bad'. You matter because you are you and I am sure your DH and DC's adore you regardless. You would never in a million years speak to your DC or a friend the way you probably speak to yourself. Treat yourself with same level of kindness and respect that you give to them.

And keep the boots grin

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 16:12:49

I don't shop when i am feeling blue. LIberty thank goodness the cafe interceded to give you thinking space. I have been guilty of TK maxx madness too but I do not have the excuse of PMS...

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 16:14:26

I bought a shock absorber sports bra last weekend. Really rate them, my last one has been in use for about 8 years!!!

Marsha in my head I had you down as a yogi after meeting you, no idea why confusedsmile. Definitely try it. I have tried a few times but just can't get it. I get into a kind of meditative state swimming laps but otherwise prefer hot, intense exercise that leaves me sort of on the verge of throwing up grin - kickboxing gives me such an adrenaline rush, highly addictive smile.

Anni please don't avoid the gym out of embarrassment, seriously, there are two types of people there, the ones just getting on with it and not noticing or judging others and the ones only interested in admiring themselves wink

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 16:17:05

Shopping when I am down is my downfall and I had a lot of debt in my 20's like Shop - never going back there. I am good at recognising it though...

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 16:20:43

Liberty well done on the returns.
Just remembered I've got my third time lucky NaP Dagmar sweater due next week too blush

GwendolynMoon Fri 28-Jun-13 17:19:45

I am seriously missing exercise at the moment, with DS still waking to feed every 2 hours during the night I am just too knackered to make it to gym, even when DH is home to watch the child. Sigh.

In happier news I ordered some bits from the GAP sale:

This top

This sweater

This sweater

Great chat this afternoon.

So ankle showing it is, sexy in that Victorian frisson you think I'll get lucky (like Mig with her shoulder flash) when DH gets in?wink... And I'm half French! That's it then...ankles ahoy!

I swear by Sweaty Betty pretty. Would love to try yoga again ( at your MNV session) as I left my last class after falling asleep and snoring blush...find it too easy to relax!

Anni keep the boots, they're a classic and you'll live in them A/W

foxysocks Fri 28-Jun-13 17:36:26

sleep you sound like you need ashtanga. I've nearly thrown up on a number of occasions and am regularly drenched in sweat. it's definitely NOT 'lying down yoga' wink.

I think we do need an MNV workshop, haha.

mig it might be from this place? am debating trying their vests.

will look at sweaty betty, i have had stuff from them but it hasn't worn all that well. I practice 5/6 times a week so it needs to wear and wash brilliantly for me to be impressed.

re sportswear, I also definitely recommend Shockabsorber bras, but size up on band as they come up very tight. I ordered this gym top the other day (didn't think you guys would be so interested smile), I find it so hard to find well fitting, flattering and functional gym wear, particularly in colours that aren't pink! For the gym I tend to live in a two/three year old orange Adidas/Stella M top that is fantastic but due to fall to bits due to overuse. I haven't found any other tops by her that I especially like the look of on me but the quality is great.

Foxy I would definitely be up for a go at asthanga, if I could only find a bit of time between kickboxing, the gym...oh and my family! A workshop sounds cool!

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 18:06:11

Gwen I love the second sweater. Did you buy it in the mint as I see it comes in other shades. Those choices are fashionable and comfortable for you and baby to snuggle up to (and DH hopefully)

Dry it is in your DNA to do the ankle....You must be true to your Inner (and outer) Frenchwoman. Do you speak French? I do (Father lived in France) and really good Franglish too! Nous devons parler en French from temps to temps...

Foxy Not sure if that is the place or not. They came in soft faded pastels- pale lilac, cream and apricot and as a hooded cool down/warm up top and long vests and capped sleeve tops with rolled edges and no seams. The body was knitted in a tube shape.

Just had a brief shouty discussion with DH because yet again a customer has underpaid after stalling for weeks. Oy vay we can tell its the weekend starting- Friday night is such a washout in our house because we are all so tired. And the bloody 'puter has lost the plot and plays this recording of Yorkshire fishermen singing folk songs whilst fishing (do not ask-it was accidentally downloaded) and I cannot get rid of it till DS comes home and sorts it.

So have placated him with an Indian take out from tres swish local place.

Decameron Fri 28-Jun-13 18:09:38

Foxy, I bought a sports bra in TK Maxx today, £7, this one. My friend gets 30% off Sweaty Betty as she is a yoga teacher, do you get that?

I collapsed after ashtanga yoga a few years ago, am definitely going to do it again when DD2 starts nursery.

Anni, definitely keep the boots.

Remembered it is our wedding anniversary next week (but obviously will pretend I hadn't forgotten!), DH did buy me a present a few weeks ago but that slips his mind, I'll ask for the blouse. <maniacal laugh>

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 18:14:44

Nice one Decam!

Decameron that bra looks exactly the same as SB and a lot cheaper......shall look in TK

GwendolynMoon Fri 28-Jun-13 18:28:23

Thanks Mig yes I got that sweater in mint smile

I have found the gym stuff I've got from Sweaty Betty pretty good generally. Especially the running leggings.

Uni application is in! Now it's just a case of waiting to see if I get in.......

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 28-Jun-13 18:49:52

Mig you make me grin.

Don't get me started on underpaying, stalling customers...of the 25 invoices I sent out at the start of the month, SEVEN have been paid - just over 1/3 of the £ billed out. On Monday I will be sending out a further 25 invoices for June. We are owed ££££££ by stalling/evading customers.

QueenCadbury Fri 28-Jun-13 18:50:45

Great chat everyone. Really interesting and makes me feel like I know you either though we've never met (roll on October!).

dry I have short legs too, about 30/31 and for me ankle grazers look better unless I have heels on. Rolled up jeans are my summer staple and black crops (7/8 ths) are my going out staple. Otherwise I look best in flared jeans with heels. I can't do skinnies and ankle boots.

Must go now as kids are beginning to play up. Out tonight, no idea what I'm wearing and need to pack to go away at the weekend.

santamarianovella Fri 28-Jun-13 19:22:29

great chat everyone.
sleep lovely purchases,dh and i definitely want one more child,but i would like to wait a few more months,i had a terrible pregnancy,bled a lot in the first trimester, and needed an emergency c-sec,DH was away so i went through it alone!to say that it left me traumatized is an understatement.
and i too love intense workout,i always say to my trainer that i want it to hurt! if i dont sweat or feel sore,then im not satisfied. to me its like therapy,really clears my mind.

ani you should not feel embarrassed to go to the gym,its not like its filled with models with perfect bodies . i live in a pretty posh area,and the gym i go to is filled with all kinds of body shapes.

shop i couldnt agree more,i never shop when im down,it usually ends in a mum used to dress up,do her hair and makeup whenever she feels low,she says "at least i look good depressed" grin.

LinusDKD Fri 28-Jun-13 19:27:21

Wow, such a lot as been written today, it took me ages to catch up!

one good news on the uni application.

Grumpy I love those earrings but unfortunately I am too pale to wear turquoise. I love it on tanned skin in combination with white clothes. And that panama hat is fabulous.

Liberty enjoy your new shirt, I love Agnès B. I hope the GP was able to help you.

Anni big hug,I know how you feel. I have started watching what I eat this week and have nearly lost a kilo so that has given me courage to perservere. But re. excercise, that shred dvd is still in its wrapper. blush

I am looking forward to swimming again once DD starts nursery in August. I am not very sporty but I like swimming as it is gentle excercise and I can let my mind wander whilst doing it.

Oh, and keep the boots if you love them that much!

Sleep that SbC dress is beautiful and I really love those leggings even though they are way out of my comfort zone.

We haven't completely ruled out DC 3 yet but even though my ovaries twitch when I see a pregnant woman my head says it wouldn't be a good idea.

DH travels a lot, we live far away from family and friends, I really don't deal with sleep deprivation well, I am not a natural breastfeeder and I will be 38 at the end of the year so I am not getting any younger, but we'll see.

Being a shortarse and a lazy arse I usually wear my trousers turned up grin

Oh and the Stella and Dot necklaces arrived today (via a friend in the UK) and they are nice but maybe a bit too 'lightweight'. I will try them on properly with a nice outfit tomorrow.

"Feel the burn" santa

Anni I go to my local gym during the day when it's full of ugly old people...makes me feel so beautiful!wink.....honestly though I've never been to a gym and felt intimidated, you don't have to wear skin tight Lycra.....I used to hide in my yoga wide legged pants and t shirt like most of the women.

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 19:35:31

Amber where did your tee come from that you are wearing with the Hudsons in your Dressing Room blog please?

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 19:41:12

One the best of luck smile

Grumpy yes...if they cannot afford the work, do not get it done angry. It is such a headache and I am a little more hard nosed than DH who is probably too exhausted after a weeks work to start chasing debtors....

Anni my advice to you re gym insecurities? Move very fast and keep moving. Nobody will be able to focus on you if you are a blur. And I am sure that those few pounds that have become a source of niggling anxiety for you are so not apparent to others. And if somebody does give you the impression that they are judging you? Remember that it is usually generated from a discontented place within themselves. 80% of horrid behaviour is a projection in my opinion.

Queen have a good weekend. I have consumed too much Salmon Haliali and ginger potato cakes and look like I am about to deliver a bouncing food baby. Why does Indian food make me swell up like a puffer fish?

Who is going on holiday and where this year? What is your beach look? Mine is covered in sand, bored with sitting still and never glam.

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 20:08:16

The only beach I'll be seeing this year will be Brighton if I'm lucky. Not sure a holiday is on the cards with DH new to his job.
Congrats to One and fingers crossed

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 28-Jun-13 20:47:04

Looking forward to 10 days on the Western Algarve at the end of July. Hoping we may get away after christmas too - like to visit my parents in the US and angling for a runner or two in Dubai between Jan-March. If actual holidays are going to be a rarity, then I'm intent on racing horses abroad for a busman's holiday. Last year it was Sweden, Chantilly and Deauville and I had some really memorable weekends. If I won/inherited a shitload of money all I'd do would be travel. Have a real hankering for the Far East - Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo. One day, maybe.

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 21:05:49

Holidays - a long weekend in 2 weeks time at home in north west Ireland - beautiful, wild, wind swept beaches with lots of yummy surfer boys wink followed by a night in Dublin. We have also booked 10 days in Lanzarote in November so black beaches there. Will probably do a few long weekends in UK too and one of my friends has said she plans to book the two of us a girls night in Champneys or similar as her 40th birthday gift to me (yipee!).

Grumpy I love travelling too. Spent a year travelling sols when I was 28 - the day I retire I am off. South and Central America will be first port of call.

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 21:06:57

'solo' not 'sols'....

Feeling grumpy........if I had the guts I'd book myself into a day spa tomorrow and let them get on with it.....anyone fancy escaping for a day?

"Mum my phones not working"
"Mum the printers broken" call technical support....oh that's me
" I won't be home at 7.30 as promised, but 8.15" ....--so your fillet steak, Stilton mushroom and Provençal tomatoe dinner will be cold then and I'll have drunk all the red--
"Mum did you get the Pringles for the party tomorrow ?" you know that big building with trolleys outside,it's called a supermarket

Rolls down jeans, no ankle flashing tonight!angry

P.s do you think this might be the bag Amber is saving up for? Lovely.......not sure though

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 21:35:08

I think she is saving for a Chanel 2.55!

Hugs to you Dry. It's 'tired Friday night syndrome' as identified above by Mig - how about taking out an hour to get your nails done if full day away isn't possible?

I'm fine....get plenty of time to myself as kids older .just at gym in the (late) morning, may stay for a coffee after wink

ooh a 2.55..... We should have a whip round and get her a stool! grin

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 21:49:53

Grumpy I love Deauville. Visited there along with Honfleur and Le Touquet a few years back.

Whereabouts in Lanzarote Liberty? I stayed at Teguise and loved it. Lots of hair raising driving in the mountains. Papagayo beach in the SE is a must. I have only been to Dublin once but spent four nights at The Clarence. When Lou Reed (my hero) was there for a night....

Dry i sometimes hate friday evenings.....Have a wine....

We have a holiday to Southern France and Corsica- the Verdun Gorges and other such rock covered places then a boat to Corsica which is so romantically beautiful even though a lot of Corsicans hate us (tourists and mainland French especially). I'm aiming for a trip to Austin next year sometime including a road trip from a southern airport driving from or to Austin, maybe Alabama to Austin via Beau bridge as I have wanted to dance and eat at the Cajun Breakfasts held at the Beau bridge cafe in Louisiana for a long time now. And of course, New Orleans just happens to be on the way.....

Shop Hopefully the new job will bed in and a holiday will come your way soon. You likely need one as it has been a hard old slog of a Winter in so many ways.

I travelled and lived abroad as a kid - Far East, central America and did the Europe via rail thing as a student. I want to do the big USA trip-at least 6 months out and plan to when DH NHS pension comes through in 2 years (he is able to retire at 55). I am also toying with buying a wreck in Sardinia and doing it up. Probably not to Frances Mayes standards (have you all seen her house in Tuscany? She has three now including a castle?).

Trying to find beach wear- costumes and a bikini and cover ups that don't make me look like a cut price Penelope Tree circa early 70's. I am not a wafty boho print kaftan-y girl. More the throw over T shirt dress type.

santamarianovella Fri 28-Jun-13 21:57:39

holiday destination is still undecided!

beach look,well, i try to look glamourous ,but having two small dcs means that i end up resembling medusa by noon. i

liberty i want to do a south american tour too,brazil,peru and colombia,are on my list, DH says its a death wish to visit all three!

dry nancy and 2.55 can share a stool grin.

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 21:58:03

Mellissa Odabash (sp?) was on Secret Sales Mignonette

santamarianovella Fri 28-Jun-13 22:04:38

mig i love mara hoffman,and im thinking of getting some of her stuff for our holiday.i just hope they go on sale soon.

You're both wrong, though 2.55 not a bad guess at all... Love that Wang dry but given the shabby state of Rocco I don't think I'll be investing in them again.

shop it is Fenn Wright Manson from two summers ago, sorry!

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 22:12:53

Loved it Amber

shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 22:13:45


shopafrolic Fri 28-Jun-13 22:15:19

Right off to bed to prepare for the Dressing Room sale tomorrow......

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 22:18:31

Will check those suggestions out everybody. Odabash and Heidi Klein were on Cocosa too but I didn't buy anything as cannot imagine ever being warm enough to wear swimwear again.....rain rain go away

Santa apparently Cartagena in Columbia is quite the place to go. Don't Lauren Santo Domingo's in laws own most of it?

Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and Paraguay are on my list. Father worked in Brazil a lot too so add that as well (after I have done loads of butt lifts)

santamarianovella Fri 28-Jun-13 22:34:54

ohh yes mig and she got married there in a spectacular nina ricci couture gown.

i read that getting butt lifts in brazil is as common as getting your hair done,so basically you go to a clinic have some fat moved and rearranged from a place to another and voila your ready for the beach!

Guess Ambers bag........a new game.hours of fun

Shop good luck tomorrow ....look forward to hearing what you buy.

Annianni Fri 28-Jun-13 22:58:58

Is it a ysl Amber?

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 23:09:07

Mig I am a disgrace as DH books the holidays and I leave him to it as he thoroughly enjoys getting immersed in the details - it's a James Villa, it's two blocks from a beach and a 2 min walk from a fish restaurant so I'm happy!! Will check out where it actually is someday (probably a week before we go) blush

Santa grin at the butt lifts. I worked with a woman from Brazil once and she told me all about the beach and body culture. Funnily enough she was very reserved and modest, wouldn't even display a shoulder but said she would happily get it all out on a beach at home.

So I am close with the 2.55...hmmmmm maybe going classic then with Bottega Veneta or on the other hand staying with the small cross body theme Delvaux strikes me as very Amber....

libertychick Fri 28-Jun-13 23:15:53

Speaking of bags - I think I mentioned before that a colleague of mine has a fabulous Prada bag - well, the Prada is only the tip of the iceberg. She has 3 Mulberry's, a balenciaga city, a gorgeous Michael Kors and then she told me recently she has a Birkin!! I begged her to bring it in to work and she did last week - drool, drool, drool - she regards me with faint amusement I think as I insist on stroking her bags and bless her, she is very polite about my little Radley!

QueenCadbury Sat 29-Jun-13 00:18:56

I am very drunk. Hic.

I think amber is saving for a saint Laurent something ....

Did I mention that I'm very drunk. Luffs you all xx

noviceoftheday Sat 29-Jun-13 07:39:43

Morning all! ( a special whisper to QueenC)grin

I have missed loads! Especially bags and holidays. Why didn't the siren go off??!!smile

On bags - I have about 50 (that as after a cull last year where I gave some awayblush). I do have a bad habit of being obsessed for a while and then it goes into the bag cupboard, not to be seen for a year. Since ds turned 2, I have used the nappy bag a lot less, which means more choices on the weekend. Mil (who is uber stylish) is a bit of a bag fiend as well. Fil gets her a new bag each Christmas, and usually a purse as well. (He gets her about 15 presents and goes totally over the top. Dh seems to think this is the norm.confused). Anyway, I digress, she has a 2.55 from a few Christmases ago and so somehow I have never wanted one.blush

On holidays- this is dh's obsession. hmm He is obsessed with travelling to all the places that were featured on the bbc's 50 places to see before you die. We have probably been to about 40 of them but that's been on hold the last 4.5 years with kids, and probably a few more years to come.

On gym's. Anni, I echo what everyone else said. I am a bit of a gym bunny. In an ideal world, I would go 5 times a week (sigh those pre-dc days). It's my escape to listen to 80s music for an hour while I exercise, so I am never looking at anyone else. Don't be put off x

Now....what to wear today???!...

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 08:05:51

Morning all!
How's the head QueenC ? brew
DH is in the doghouse. He went out last night for drinks after work and I asked him to come home quietly and sleep in the spare room so I could catch up on my ZZZZZZs. Cue 1.30am him trying to get into our bed saying "I'm not pissed". Cue me exiting to spare room. Not impressed. Best he gets up soon and looks after DS so I can have a quick look round the DR sale. I've only got my eye on two very basic things and unless they're significantly reduced I'm not buying. I need to curb my spending for a bit now.....

noviceoftheday Sat 29-Jun-13 08:06:42

Morning Shop! Why do men do that?!smile

QueenCadbury Sat 29-Jun-13 08:17:03

My head hurts! I wasn't meant to get so drunk as we're driving across to the other side of the country now!

Have good weekends everyone.

Oh, shop it's normally me that does that!

GwendolynMoon Sat 29-Jun-13 08:19:55

Morning everyone.

We have two very unexotic holidays planned for Summer: we are going to Yorkshire to visit DH's brother and wife and two little ones and then in August we are going to Devon to stay in a little hotel right on the beach. Main holiday this year is South Africa for a whole month in December, bliss. Can't wait smile

Have happy Saturdays everyone.

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 08:30:09

Morning Gwen hope you didn't have too broken a night's sleep?

Good morning everyone. Hope your hangover's not too vicious QueenC!

Holidays sound nice...N France doesn't hold so much appeal for me after a miserable year spent in Caen as part of degree sad. S.Africa for a month would be amazing! Are you or DH S.African Gwen? Where will you be going? We will be in St Ives for a week at start of holidays (well, DD's state school start, DS1 finishes on Wednesday hmm), will also drive to our place in the Alps for our usual 2-3 weeks.

Novice glad I'm not the only one listening to cheesy music at the gym, I got some Beats by Dre sports headphones for Christmas and a cool (youngish) guy at the gym asked me whether the sound quality lived up to the hype. I casually offered them to him to listen to how fantastic the sound is, playing...Will Young blush.

Trying to summon the motivation to take DC's to the pool...tea required first smile

Hey, this time next week is day of the MU in London. I have booked a table for 1pm and so far i have on the list me, Shop, Novice (did you tell DH yet?), Marsha, Foxy, Santa, MrsR (where is MrsR lately?) and Liberty, some to confirm properly. Anyone I've missed out or anyone else who fancies joining please pm me smile

GwendolynMoon Sat 29-Jun-13 09:23:41

Thanks Shop unfortunately the little tyke was up every two hours again. Keep telling myself 'this too shall pass'! I think he's going through a growth spurt.

Sleep I am S.African smile lived here for 8 years now and DH is English but he loves SA too. We are going to be on the East Coast where my family is from. We have a few little trips planned to different places while there including to the Drakensberg (mountains) for my Uncle's wedding to his fabulous boyfriend, can't wait! I love St Ives, went there with friends aages ago.

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 09:45:33

Sleep Love the Will Young story smile
Can you email the country bumpkin (me) details of nearest tube to wherever we're meeting. Also, if I do drive is it easy to park? Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

grin QueenC kind of lady! [Grin] Hope your heads ok .

Oh Sleep wish I could come. Will try for Oct.

Role reversal this morning in Dry household. DH incharge, lots of "will you get've got 2 seconds...." Etc. while I'm wafting around in my pjs with my coffee, super extra chilled because its not my prob and I'm off to the gym soon..................wafts off, tra la la la......wafty wafty wafty I'm so calm .......grin

foxysocks Sat 29-Jun-13 10:25:06

oh no sleep I've been meaning to email you - I can't come sad. family party organised and we have been summoned so no way out. sad

queenc I am with you on the hurty head. too much wine watching tennis! tennis tennis tennis needed it for my nerves.

can I admit to wearing the ce cargos for the <cough> third time this week? at least it's bringing down the CPW! with A Wang slubby cream tee, j crew denim jacket (still SO pleased with this, absolute steal in the end) and pale gold havs.

I am feeling very bag poor! I have one metallic clutch (reiss) for evenings/weddings, a mulberry elgin, campomaggi cross body and a marc jacobs slouchy tote for day. but the tote has worn SO badly it's now my travelling/india bag.

I am craving a slate grey balanciaga to add to this meagre collection but will take me an age to save up, not sure I have the stamina

my vote for amber's bag is the YSL cabas chyc. j'adore.

Annianni Sat 29-Jun-13 11:17:54

Morning all...

Well I've had 2 compliments this morning... both dh and ds1 have said I look nice today blush

I'm wearing the new enormous drapey pale grey marl Whistles Pattie top, a white vest underneath, with Hudson Beth's and Sam Edelman Gwyneth's.
Hair's reasonably straight and make-up on.

I'm taking the boys out while dh batten's out the attic.
He was supposed to be putting a velux window in, but he doesn't trust the weather forecast.
I've said it won't rain and to just get on with the damn thing if it doesn't rain, then I've won and I get final say on things forever! grin

I have a decent bag collection but I always want more. I'm naughty really because I haven't actually decided on THE bag yet. There are three options, one of which has been mentioned, the other two have not. You'll have to wait til the big reveal in December. In the interim I intend to start a challenge of wearing a different outfit for the 140-odd days of my shopping ban.

Annianni Sat 29-Jun-13 11:29:19

Ooh... can I suggest a Chanel boy bag for number 2 then Amber.

Annianni Sat 29-Jun-13 11:33:11

and a PS1 as the 3rd?

I'm sat in the car, waiting for ds2 to wake up.
Ds1 is bored.

Annianni Sat 29-Jun-13 11:57:32

Is anyone about?

Do I buy the Whistles cara jacket with the leather sleeves? It's £85 in the sale, reduced from £275.

I can take the plain canvas one back for a refund next week, which I also paid 85 for.

But this one's in Selfridges, so exchange only.

Not sure if the leather sleeves are a bit much on me!

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 12:21:24

Hey Anni personally I think leather sleeves will date quicker so I'd stick with canvas.
Had a great time trying loads of stuff on in the DR sale but DH turned up which stopped me buying as much as I might like. Bought a tee which I will link later.
Anyone know cheapest place ATM for Paige Skylines and Hudson Baby Beths? I'm looking at you Anni jean bargain queen! smile

santamarianovella Sat 29-Jun-13 12:48:12

hi all,

shop this happens to me all the time,its like my visa sends an alert to dh angry but glad you bought the tee you were after.

queen poor u! but it must have been fun at the time!

gwen SA,sounds amazing,would love to go some day.

foxy its great that you get to wear the CE cargos more often,they look good,and you dont get to feel guilty about them.

amber my guess would be a balenciaga? although the very talented nicolas ghesquiere -the man responsible for all those lovely bags- has left

ani i agree with shop,im not a huge fan of leather sleeves.

i love bags,but i dont own a big collection,so at the moment i have a chloe paraty ,celine mini luggage,and an old hogan for day,and a miu miu and stella m clutches for going out,im after a crossbody bag,torn between chanel WOC and a bottega .will decide in september.

we are attending a wedding this evening,and i was told to expect to see lots of bling and tight designer dresses, cant wait!

Annianni Sat 29-Jun-13 13:19:43

Ah... I feel like an idiot now cos I'd already bought it.

The other isn't canvas, it's khaki fabric and is a size 16 and a bit big.

This one's a 14 and fits better.

I'll try both at home and decide.
There is a bag I like, could swap it for that.

MrsRadicchio Sat 29-Jun-13 13:54:41

Hi everyone! I am still about, just limiting time online due to some changes in the Radicchio household meaning I don't have any money to spend atm. Will post more fully later on but am looking forward to the meet up. Sleep will pm you to get details. Have told DH about it, he was bemused.

(PS Anni I like leather sleeves!)

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 14:01:27

Don't feel like an idiot Anni if you love it, it doesn't matter what we think!
So, the Dressing Room was super busy with big queues for the changing rooms but the lovely staff helped me find loads of jeans to try.
Current Elliott great fit length wise and on the bum but the pattern made my thighs look bigger
Paige Skyline gorgeous but too big for me in a 30, no 29 available and they're black so Hopefully's voice was ringing in my ears telling me not to do it!
Paige Skyline peg jeans these were my favourites by far it the 30 was too big, 28 too small, no 29 sad
I can't find a link for the Hudsons I liked, Beth Baby Boots - really flattering on the bum and 2 buttons on the waistband meant they hold you in v well. I couldn't help thinking that someone had found them cheaper elsewhere? Anni do you have them?

American Vintage great colour on me but I needed a medium and they only had a small
[[ Equipment shirt] beautiful cotton shirt but the print needed to be stronger for me
Farhi just a beautiful basic top, much better IRL but it stayed on the hanger as I'll never fit an XS.
So I only bought
this tee which I'll wear lots with my biker. Had DH and DS not come to find me a pair of Paige or Hudsons would have come too! smile

Annianni Sat 29-Jun-13 14:06:59

I've got Beth's Shop and they are big size wise. I can still fit in my 31's.

Yoox had some Hudson signatures for £50 ish, I tried them a couple of weeks ago and they are the same as Beth's but slightly wider at the hem.

HoF had some cheapish Beth's the other day, try there.

Annianni Sat 29-Jun-13 14:08:43

I paid 50 ish in the Donna Ida final clearance for my Beth's Shop.

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 14:15:47

Thanks Anni

LinusDKD Sat 29-Jun-13 14:20:33

Donna Ida seems to have a limited sale on at the moment...

one for *Amber* love it A LOT.
I tried some Paige skylines a few weeks ago and was v impressed

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 15:47:46

Cocosa are selling the same Missoni shoes as Secret Sales but for triple the price - cheeky!

carrie74 Sat 29-Jun-13 16:30:28

Hello again, all!

Nice denim Shop.

Foxy, those CE cargoes sound perfect for you smile.

Well, I rarely get to bricks and mortar shops these days, but decided I wanted to hit the sales. Bought a basic leather black belt in Banana Republic, which needed to replace a horrible pleather one. Also Orange ballet flats. I have these in black, and they're a great fit, so though the orange might be a nice pop with navy cigarette pants for work. Quite cute with boyfriend jeans too.

Then, my downfall. Popped into Whistles concession, and zeroed in on this beauty grey but looks brown biker jacket. Doesn't someone else have this? sleep perhaps?. Was last in the shop, and in my size. Fate! I've been contemplating a leather biker for a few years now, and this one is so buttery, and I think £195 an excellent price.

And just to finish me off, 2 seam back Ts from Whistles in white and khaki (full price). Baaaaa! They're a lovely fit and feel though, aren't they?

I shall stick to Internet shopping from now on, it's much cheaper! Chiefly because I return so much.

This was delivered today, but I'm not sure on the colour or the bulbous sleeves. Will sleep on it hippy beige-y not white blouse

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 17:32:27

Love the jacket Carrie - watch how you wash the seam back tees - I managed to get holes in mine!

foxysocks Sat 29-Jun-13 17:57:01

ahh shop I found a hole in the back seam of my seam back tee (HA! whistles fail) this week. john lewis have told me to bring it in, was hoping for a swap but maybe I should ask for a refund if it's a common fault. so annoying, I love the shape and colour of that tee.

everyone needs a biker, carrie. good buy! all saints seem to have removed their 'archive' sale section, mine was from there for £100 down from £395! size 6, last one. fate as you say!

foxysocks Sat 29-Jun-13 18:00:26

mig it might have been manuka? not sure if their stuff is all bamboo but some is

DH taken DC on last minute camping trip. I declined grin. have glass of viognier and lisicki/stosur, novak next! tennis to go with my seabass linguine dinner and wine. perfecto.

Carrie nice! Love the orange ballets and the jacket is great.

Have just been reading the Times supplement, "50 things every woman over 37 needs"...( beauty products) If I buy it all it will set me back £1054.79p! Think I'll pass on the bee sting facial ! What a load of crap.
What you need is; a decent magnifying mirror and tweezermann tweezers and several glasses of wine before looking wink

Caitlin Moran' s guide to festivals for women is fantastic and Mig "how to make your own ice cream"....but I'm sure you know this already .

Cheers Foxy love your house pins too , you are v classy.

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 18:08:47

Foxy I am envy

Parisisalwaysagoodidea Sat 29-Jun-13 18:19:41

Hello All. Sorry I've been AWOL for a while!

I'll catch up on the thread later but could you please help me out?

Have any of you shopped with Revolve clothing? I'm trying to order something but it asks for a zip code. I've put the country as UK and entered my postcode but it won't proceed until I enter a zip code. It def does international shipping doesn't it?


shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 19:27:43

Waves at PAris but no idea about Revolve - sorry!
Anni your Pin comments are making me chuckle!

foxysocks Sat 29-Jun-13 19:30:55

haha just seen the pins and comments! anni do you really need both? be sensible, pick your fave! x

have never shopped with revolve, sorry paris

I could cry watching djoko, he doesn't put a FOOT wrong. I'm not sure I have the nerve to watch the final if it's murray vs novak, I'll be a wreck.

noviceoftheday Sat 29-Jun-13 19:39:14

Hello all!

I picked up my 'Carrie' necklace today. It's fab. Also picked up my silver watch. Whilst picking those up, I bought a watch and ring. I will find and link later.

carrie74 Sat 29-Jun-13 19:39:15

Sorry Paris no experience of Revolve either.

Cheers foxy! Can't face wine tonight after a heavy one with friends last night at Jongleurs.

Oh noes about the seam back Ts. Wonder if I should just send them straight back in that case? Will sleep on it.

Off to check on today's pins

noviceoftheday Sat 29-Jun-13 19:40:38

Sorry Paris, I have no idea either! Hope someone can help you.

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 19:53:17

Such good tennis!

Decameron Sat 29-Jun-13 19:56:33

Paris, yes, I've bought from Revolve, they definitely deliver to Europe.

LinusDKD Sat 29-Jun-13 20:02:01

Sorry paris no experience with revolve clothing.

I went into town today for a bit but I came back after 1.5 hrs as the weather was foul and the sales uninspiring. One department store already had a lot of A/W items on display, I saw some lovely Isabel Marant Etoile.

Sooo looking forward to our trip to NY in three weeks time, I need a change of scenery. I am already salivating thinking about the lovely food we will eat and the shopping opportunities.

Happened to my seam back tees too!

LinusDKD Sat 29-Jun-13 20:55:47
noviceoftheday Sat 29-Jun-13 20:55:55

Linus, one of my favourite ways of passing time in New York was to go to the upper west side.....

Start with filene's basement on broadway between 79th and 80th, grabbing designer clothes at bargain basement pricesgrin (sadly now closed) then on to Amsterdam between 82nd and 83rd. That's where Fred's is. Fantastic food for brunch. Then, laden with heavy bags and heavy stomach, I would walk through Central Park down to 59th. Then goto 5th avenue. Stop in j crew, saks etc then pop to Barnes & noble for a read and a coffee. Bliss!grin

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 20:59:12

Thanks Linus. Hopefully my Outnet ones will arrive on Monday....
I'd love to go back to NYC, haven't been since my twenties. MNV Christmas shopping trip anyone? wink

MrsRadicchio Sat 29-Jun-13 21:01:35

Still not caught up with the thread - lots of interesting discussions.

But just popping on to say does anyone want

this hush jacket

Apologies for the tiny pic. It is a s/m and I should have got m/l - it just annoys me when I see it as it is a nice jacket. I can email more pics if anyone is interested.

Also this necklace - really like it but necklaces close to my neck don't really suit me.

shopafrolic Sat 29-Jun-13 22:25:11

Just on my way to bed and looked out of the window to our garden. My M&S neon tee is glowing in the dark on the washing line grin

Decameron Sat 29-Jun-13 23:32:08

Novice, we used to live on 81st and Amsterdam. Loved Fred's. Isabella's on 77th and Columbus was good for brunch too. It is such a cool city. Think I should get Dh to transfer back! Probably wouldn't be the same with kids though.

Funny about the tee shirt, Shop!

Look Shop!

noviceoftheday Sun 30-Jun-13 07:43:48

Oh my goodness Decam! I have never had another Brit say they knew Fred'sshock i am v nostalgic about it. Isabella's was fab too. I loved loved loved living in New York. I lived in midtown - soulless but my "corner shops" were Saks, Gap, J Crew and Kenneth Cole. Sigh. The amount I shipped back....blush! These days dh and I only ever go back for business and never togethersad. He wants to go for a weekend this summer for wedding anniversary but it feels too far away from the kids. I am actually back there in 2 months time but its for about 24 hours! The most I will be able to do is go to the Sephora on Broadway.

Decameron Sun 30-Jun-13 08:52:58

We lived in midtown for the first month, nearly stayed there but we had friends on the upper westside. A weekend together would be lovely if you could bear to leave the kids. We are thinking of moving back to Ireland and part of the attraction is that we could leave the DDs with family and go to New York again! I found the 10 days annual leave tough though. It was nice to move back to London and get 25 again!

shopafrolic Sun 30-Jun-13 09:04:11

Not as edgy as yours was Amber but thanks!
Morning all

Shop That's the answer to our energy problem......who needs street lighting when you can just put up a few M and S neon tees!grin

MarshaBrady Sun 30-Jun-13 10:17:57

Morning, what glorious sunshine.

Love the (vogue) travel chat. Imagine an NYC meet up. I didn't live there but Boston for a year, we went a few times and loved it so much. I even drove down but found Boston traffic harder at least NYC is just straight lines.

Dses have been to so many more places that we did since we were tucked away in back of beyond, we had nice beaches to make up for it. Still go often.

Foxy love your yoga chat and Sleep that feeling of pushing things. I always sprint at end of a long run for that I'm going to be sick feeling but it's worth it for the high just beforehand. And that control of body thing I used to get doing ballet en pointe. I always remember had good that felt.

Shop great links, Anni great stuff on compliments be interested to hear which jacket you keep.

Novice love the BBC link for holidays going to check it out.

Dry your tennis talk was making me chuckle.

Hi MrsR and Paris great to see you.

QueenC your night sounds fun, love the late night post.

Ok memory has run out of steam.. Hang on.

MarshaBrady Sun 30-Jun-13 10:20:22

Linus have fun in NYC.

Decam bet it was fabulous, 10 days is very difficult. 25 is so much better.

Hi Carrie!

MarshaBrady Sun 30-Jun-13 10:22:14

My Amber vote is YSL and Chanel boy.

Santa how was the wedding? What did you wear?

MarshaBrady Sun 30-Jun-13 10:25:39

Liberty that villa sounds perfect. I never want to drive on holiday and prefer not to do car hire so walking everywhere sounds great.

Mignon some lovely locations. Gorgeous.

ok post-tastic am going now grin

noviceoftheday Sun 30-Jun-13 10:58:39

What Marsha saidgrin (waves to everyone!)

Decam, we will definitely have the weekend. I can cope with us both being in Europe but any further feels far away. I have a rule about neither of us can be out of the country at the same time (apart from anniversary weekend) so his PA and my PA have to talk before any business trip gets booked. I appreciate I am slightly nutty.blush

Marsha, I also love Boston although in a very different way to New York. I am there 4 times a year so while I have never lived there I am beginning to know it well.

A MNV meet up in New York would be so much fun!!! Cosmos and shopping. Bliss.grin

What's everyone wearing today? I have gone for the simple. Superdry t-shirt. It's a size too big so slouchy. And warehouse hot pants denim shorts which are bloody tight a snug fit. Dh v happy when he saw outfit.wink

Decameron Sun 30-Jun-13 11:27:30

I liked Boston a lot, probably would have moved there or upstate NY had we stayed.

Carrie, that jacket is fab. I have had to return a couple of Whistles seam back tees but they exchanged them no problem.

Come on Me & Em with the sale!

libertychick Sun 30-Jun-13 14:49:20

Lovely necklace and jacket Mrs R. Wrong colours for me though...

Decam moving back to Ireland??? <faints> Wild horses wouldn't drag me your DH Irish too? Sometimes I think it might be good (on tap babysitters especially) but then I think about my mother having easy access to me, everyone moaning about the economy and DH whinging about the weather (he's bad enough here)...that said you'd get an amazing house there ATM for half nothing.

Off now to see what Anni has been saying on pin...

libertychick Sun 30-Jun-13 14:51:04

Am I the only one hoping for a slightly cooler day next Saturday? If it's this hot I officially have nothing suitable to wear!! grin Shame you can't make it Foxy.

Well, I just want to say how much I love John Lewis click and collect. I don't know how it happened spending ban and all but I got carried away cheering Laura on and bought two items. Text this morning, collected after monster kettle bells work out with no air cond, I was purple, think i shocked Waitrose twinset customers in my sweaty Sweaty Betty just had a try on. Why can't other companies be as brilliant?

NY MU....oh my god, how fantastic!

Today I'm ignoring the lack of sunshine up north ( it's about 17 though) and am wearing my orange slouchy vest layered over a white one with white cropped skinnies and flip flops.......all MNV inspired, thanks for keeping me current.

Decameron Sun 30-Jun-13 17:05:28

I love Click and Collect too, Dry. Except it is all too easy. Had another frugal chat with DH this morning, sigh. I think the DVF is a no goer.

DH is also Irish, Liberty. We'll move to Dublin and he'll commute weekly to London. Not ideal but we can get a much nicer house than we could afford in London, in a lovely area. Well, for Dublin as DH always adds (he's a culchie wink). We won't get any help really but I'm used to that! My brother and father are there and I'd like to be around more for my dad as he gets older. We are thinking about secondary schools now even though DD1 is only 5. And of course, they'll go to Trinity! Planning ahead I know. I think our country needs us!

Decameron Sun 30-Jun-13 17:06:16

Also, we've been living away for 16 years now ... only intended to go for 2 years!

Decameron Sun 30-Jun-13 17:08:18

I'm wearing a very old DVF red knitted shift dress and flip flops. Persuaded DH to take the kids out so it's nice and peaceful here. smile

santamarianovella Sun 30-Jun-13 17:10:21

Hello all,hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous weather,

Lovely purchases shop

paris welcome back,and I shop from revolve clothing,they do ship internationally,.

liberty don't jinx it grin

a meet up in NYC sounds great!

marsha I wore this dress ,most of the female guest have taken inspiration from the kardashians big big hair with dozens of extensions and extravagant makeup,saw lots of Herve ledger and McQueen dresses,was enjoying myself till a horrible creepy and very drunk guy grabbed my arm on my way to the ladies room,panicked and went straight to we're DH and our friends were sitting,didn't want to say anything,and upset everyone ,so sat for a bit longer and asked DH if we could leave,and told everyone I was not feeling well,on our way home told DH ,and he lost it,was very upset and said I should have said something at that time,so our evening did not end so well.

back to fashion talk

dry JL is brill ,and your outfit sounds fab,I took advantage of the weather and changed 3 times todaygrin.

Decameron Sun 30-Jun-13 17:25:03

Santa, beautiful dress. Sorry that creep ruined your evening.

That's horrible Santa. Dress looks fab though. Accessories?

foxysocks Sun 30-Jun-13 18:03:31

I wore a shirt dress. I don't know what I was thinking, it looked hideous. Have ony worn it twice and it's going to have to go it makes me feel like a tennis player as there is a frill round the bottom and i feel terribly constricted by the buttons. Ugh

I don't on know whether to return or exchange the seam back. I like it but if the same is likely to happen again I'd rather get my ££ and take it elsewhere.

Next purchases for me MUST be yoga gear, I can't teach in my old falling apart at the seams togs. I do get a sweaty Betty discount but last purchases from them have not worn well. I am such a fusspot.

foxysocks Sun 30-Jun-13 18:05:15

Santa that's horrid poor you xxx

Sorry am on phone, v brief replies!

libertychick Sun 30-Jun-13 18:24:15

Oh Santa, How horrible - hope you are feeling ok now - gorgeous dress.

Decam We came to London 'for a year or two' as well 9 years ago blush. We plan to move on too, DH wants to go to Oz, I'm keen on NZ...decision will be made in next 18 months or so. Never too early to think of schools - on my to do list to start researching options in Oz and NZ. And yes our country does need us!!! DH would never move there though - he spent 5 months in Donegal with me at one point and says his only memory is of watching daytime TV while the rain lashed the house at a scary angle grin.

And I love the JL collect service - it's manic occasionally at the pick up desk in my local Waitrose!

LinusDKD Sun 30-Jun-13 19:54:00

Poor santa I hope you're ok now!

And that dress is beautiful, I bet you looked stunning and stood out in a sea of Kardashians.

DH and I spent most of the weekend getting the house ready for our new furniture that will, hopefully, be delivered in the next couple of weeks.

After moving countries and flats/houses so many times over the last ten years, we recently bought a house and decided that we could finall