MN Vogue - Vol 18

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shopafrolic Tue 13-Aug-13 20:50:01

Continuing on from here

shopafrolic Tue 13-Aug-13 20:50:59

Just cos I'm on hols I'd hate to miss out on starting the next edition. All welcome to talk style, beauty and other such fun stuff.

shopafrolic Tue 13-Aug-13 20:53:33

Linus dress sounds good - I'd love to see it..... I've got a fab MS camel coat which I love.
I think the Jimmy's are probably my best CPW item, especially when you consider I paid full whack for them.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 13-Aug-13 21:20:11

I am not happy.

Bought Red mag yesterday and checked out their 'Red Direct' offers. Fell in love with beauteous bag and went online to order it - sold out. Already. Grrr.

God I hate it when that happens.

Marking place!

shopafrolic Tue 13-Aug-13 21:22:49

Thank God for that! I thought I'd lost you all.
Grumpy not good - perhaps they'll get more stock?

Still no reply from the university to my e-mail requesting feedback on my failed application. I'm getting increasingly frustrated that they won't even acknowledge that I've contacted them sad

santamarianovella Tue 13-Aug-13 21:39:13

For shop.

That's really nice santa would look awful on me mind you, I've never looked good in that style of top

MarshaBrady Tue 13-Aug-13 21:45:51

Well done Shop. thanks

Going to watch a movie with Dh now. Back soon!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 13-Aug-13 21:55:04

I hope so shop, it's only the 13th of the month and it's only in September's mag. I am now on a mission!

santamarianovella Tue 13-Aug-13 21:57:20

I ordered This dress and this bikini bottom and top ,glad I ordered the bottoms in medium, the fit is sooo tight, this set and another two I have should cover my holiday swimwear,

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 13-Aug-13 21:57:55

I loooove that sweater santa. Sadly a few too many ££ for me. I do love a chunky jumper.

Love love love [http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/vivienne-westwood-anglomania-buttoned-cardigan-item-10473748.aspx?storeid=9475 this]

ooppps, try again [http://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/vivienne-westwood-anglomania-buttoned-cardigan-item-10473748.aspx?storeid=9475 this]

THIS

hopefully it works this time blush

libertychick Tue 13-Aug-13 22:06:21

Another one for *Shop*

One you sound a bit down today - you said a couple of days ago you had PMT - go easy on yourself and remember things will feel better soon. Re the uni, at the moment half of them are probably on hols and the other half are psyching themselves up for clearing!! Give it a few days and try calling rather than emailing if you can. Don't take it personally if at all possible.

Collected these blue loafers today. Going back - the stitching looked rubbish. Tan Chelsea boots are nice - need to try them out with a few different things and mull them over - not a colour I usually wear. They are the exact same shade as the bag I use most ATM so wondering if I'll look a bit matchy matchy....

santamarianovella Tue 13-Aug-13 22:09:39

Very nice one

grumpy chunky turtleneck are in ,the bad thing is,most of the good ones are££££

You're right liberty I am a bit down, things seem to have come to head over the last week or so and coupled with the PMT I just feel wiped out. I know I shouldn't take the uni thing personally and I think you may be right about phoning them. thanks thanks

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 13-Aug-13 22:15:45

Tell me about it! I never seem to find anything I like for under £200

santamarianovella Tue 13-Aug-13 22:15:47

Still lusting after this dress

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 13-Aug-13 22:17:20

Santa you are a (very stylish) minx! All these tempting lovelies...

santamarianovella Tue 13-Aug-13 22:19:15

grumpy the gucci one shop pinned is gorgeous,but it's over £1000! I saw a similar one by gucci 3 years ago for £600,the price increase is just crazy!

libertychick Tue 13-Aug-13 22:20:30

flowers for you too one

Santa that Temperley dress is gorgeous and the Bruno knit. Love your beach choices but slightly shock that you needed a medium - given that you are an 8 that means I'd need at least an XL!!!

santamarianovella Tue 13-Aug-13 22:20:41

Ahhh! Thank you! I should be using my child free time to pack,but got so excited about the new thread!

noviceoftheday Tue 13-Aug-13 22:21:24

Ooh that cardi is lovely one. <Sits on hands and gets back to finishing tax return>

I love dresses like that Santa unfortunately they don't like me so I tend to give them a wide berth!

Mig, I will let you know about the restuarant, you totally guessed that it is very much in dh's taste. Say MEAT in a deep voice. grin. His card arrived today, I am well pleased, I only made it yesterday!

I love that dress too santa but again, the neckline is wrong for me plus I'm too poor to buy it grin

santamarianovella Tue 13-Aug-13 22:27:55

liberty one of the reviews said that she like the medium fit better and she is my weight 120 pounds, so thought its best to go with medium. The sizes are very small

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Tue 13-Aug-13 22:30:36

Holy mother! I loved the sweater shop pinned, but guessed it would be mucho pesos. Plus it's probably not the right choice for a woman with two excitable terriers, prone to leaping into the arms of unsuspecting victims. Imagine getting pulls/spiky terrier hairs in it shock

santamarianovella Tue 13-Aug-13 22:34:16

novice i need to grow in height to pull of the temperely dress.

LinusDKD Wed 14-Aug-13 06:06:32

Morning!

Lovely links last night, especially that Temperley dress.

santa I hope you managed to pack! Enjoy your holiday!

Our holiday has come to an end so we are packing up this morning stuffing everything in suitcases and bags and then we are starting the long drive home.

Sleeping in my own bed tonight, yay!

What's a good road trip outfit? wink

QueenCadbury Wed 14-Aug-13 07:50:56

Morning all. I never did catch up properly with the last thread. Hope you are all well. It's exhausting having guests, I have to be sociable every night and talk instead of play on my iPad grin.

I need to start packing for Cornwall but the weather's so changeable I am going to have to pack for all eventualities. I've been naughty and ordered a couple of things from gap whilst I was ordering tees for dh. Will link in a minute but will post this first in case I lose it!

QueenCadbury Wed 14-Aug-13 08:11:09

So I put myself on a spending ban until October but decided that I didn't have enough tops to wear on holiday ( I hate washing on holiday so like to have enough). On Friday when I pack I'll think properly whether I really need them or not.
white tee. Tried this on briefly as really like it. It's probably a keeper as the sleeves are down to my elbows so will be good with cardi in AW too and I had already decided that I needed a white tee.

star tee. I like this but don't really need it so may go back.

grey trousers. They're described as blue but are actually grey. These khakis suit me as I need some bagginess in trousers rather than too slim/skinny. I haven't tried them on yet though as they're got neon green contrast stitching on the inside seam which you see when they are rolled up and this annoys me.

I think foxy said the other day that we met to swap some trousers and dress. She was looking super stylish in ZK tee and cargo trousers. The dress she gave to me is a gorgeous emerald colour but skater style flared skirt and I can now categorically say that that shape does me no favours! My hips looked huge. Such a shame as had it been a straighter skirt it would have been perfect.

noviceoftheday Wed 14-Aug-13 08:54:09

Morning all!

QueenC, nice links. I was on a thread a couple of months ago where I was totally in the minority. I pack a different outfit for each day, including bikinis. When would I wear all my summer stuff??!!shock

We do our now annual centre Parcs trip next week. I shall be in Forest chicgrin dh has decided he doesn't want to go away after Christmas this year so our next holiday will be early April. I am trying to book it this week. We're looking at Turkey. Dh briefly turns into a knob when we're booking hols. There are those who continue to holiday as if the kids weren't there and I wish I was that capable but sadly not. So this years argument is I just want to go straight to our destination (Antalya) and he wants to do a 2 day stop off on Istanbul. he forgets that ds will be a nightmare on the flight.angry

noviceoftheday Wed 14-Aug-13 08:55:27

Ps QueenC don't do spending bans! They're like diets, hard to stick to!

noviceoftheday Wed 14-Aug-13 08:58:57

Oh and last one.....

I have been repeatedly reminded of a comment on the legendary bag thread over the last week. Someone claimed that others don't notice what I wear and implied I was odd for noticing. My point was that even though the majority of my colleagues are men, they notice and comment all the time. Last week I wore my new beautiful ornate silver watch 3 times. Each week, I had a compliment, every single one was from a man. <smug>

shopafrolic Wed 14-Aug-13 09:16:22

Just dropping in to point out that I can in no way afford that jumper myself. Just dreaming. Last night here tonight. Phew.

foxysocks Wed 14-Aug-13 09:17:12

oof, that bag thread. it was horrible. the thing is, although we all love fashion/clothes chat I don't believe there is one person on MNV who believes they are defined by what they wear, or that material possessions = happiness. you are a good person, novice. that is always the most important thing. x

loving all the chunky knits. I have a couple of great knitted dresses, I adore wearing them with opaques and boots once the weather turns.

I asked this re: boots on the other thread but it got lost, so forgive me for repeating myself - do you guys think it's too early to choose/order winter boots??! I'm not sure I can bring myself to a. pay full price, which everything is atm, or b. commit myself to a pair in AUGUST shock. but what if they sell out?!

(#firstworldproblemsobv)

Dauphin Wed 14-Aug-13 09:17:13

Mignonette - I read Justine Picardie's Chanel biography and enjoyed it immensely.

Dauphin Wed 14-Aug-13 09:17:58

novice - spending band are indeed tricky to stick to (urghh)...

Novice people do notice, what a load of nonsense on that stupid thread!

I often think im on holiday with the wrong family shock, DH (Ray Mears) likes "activities" which my teens love, i like sunloungers and books (id love a holiday that requires me to wear a beach cover up and fedora a la Joan Collins wink ) but walking,biking, boat rides praying i dont throw up and horse riding soz Grumpy but im an arse on a horse grin what the hell is coasteering??DH is planning this and kayaking noooooooooo
At least it keeps me fit! And I'm a fidget and pale so perhaps sunloungers aren't for me!

Santa I agree that the Temperley
knitted dress is a gorgeous outfit that thanks to you lot I'd wear, even the trousers now. But shop when you wear chunky knits that drown me,but I love don't you boil ? Or do you just strip off inside? Have a cold house? Stay outside?

Oneif the uni isn't too far couldn't you just go there ?

Mig apologies I mixed up Justine Picardie with Jodie Picoult ! Picoult's books are always a bit traumatic.realized I must have made absolutely no spence at all yesterday.

McNally Wed 14-Aug-13 09:38:03

Dry I have the same approach to you re holidays. Sun lounger and books and magazines and refreshing cocktail all the way. But think of the calorie burn for those activities!

Foxy I think you should buy the boots. You'll likely need them before they get reduced and this way you'll be prepared (speaking as someone whose wardrobe is littered with emergency purchases - including boots bought after going away for the weekend in heavy snow with only ballet flats and no socks, DH had to practically carry me to the nearest shoe shop).

MarshaBrady Wed 14-Aug-13 09:46:29

Foxy I usually do very early or late in sales. I do a few things full price and think ok may as well get the most out of it and be first too. So I think as early as you like if not in the sales.

Then mid end season I don't like to pay fp.

So that is a long-winded way to say go for it!

foxysocks Wed 14-Aug-13 09:49:51

thanks mcnally. am am going to think about it a little longer but may order in time for the new school year!

dry re: chunky sweaters I have a reasonably cold house. we keep it at around 18 if possible during winter, boosting very occasionally if we are inside and not moving around a lot. i do not like overheated houses AT ALL, I grew up in one and found it terrifyingly claustrophobic. am a fresh air addict so am always opening windows to air the rooms and telling DH to put a flipping jumper on instead of saying he's cold when only wearing a tshirt!

QueenCadbury Wed 14-Aug-13 09:54:42

novice I put myself on a ban so that I can justify spending in London grin. I kind of felt that I had to show some 'fiscal responsibilitY' to dh (his favourite phrase when he's banging on about money!). Anyway, tried on the white tee again and decided against it as it's very slouchy but could easily go mis-sharpen when washed and look crap (too many tees have been binned this year because of this ). The star tee got the approval of dd though so I'm wearing it today (not sure why I need the approval of a 7yo!). Love the grey trousers and you can hardly see the green stitching but not sure I will wear them enough to justify. Will ponder.

foxy it's a difficult one. I'm guessing not all the boots are out yet so you may find some that you like better. If you're sure though that these are the boots for you then commit and get them. Where are they from? Will you have 28 days to change your mind by which point it'll be mid sept and most will probably be in the shops by then. I may not get excited about shoes but I can get excited by boots. I'm after a heeled navy pair for going out in. Not too high as we walk a lot when we go out but high enough to be smart with jeans. I have my eye on a couple of pairs but am not going to link in case lurkers buy them grin.

Annianni Wed 14-Aug-13 10:23:34

Order the boots Foxy... I've bought 3 pairs for A/W grin

But in my defence, I only bought new Uggs last year.
I did also buy bowie's and bea's but they ended up being ebayed.

I agree with Marsha, if you buy them early enough in the season, you'll get lots of wear out of them.

I've ordered the Collonil spray and gel for my boots.
Should probably do my bags too.

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 10:26:03

Hi Guys. I lost you all for a bit as couldn't find this new Vol (panic averted)

Love those pants Queen. I do love a Gap cut.
Dry The Picardie Grief books is quite traumatic too.
One Keep an eye out for clearing. You may strike lucky that way. They should give you feedback but it is such a hectic time that you may have to wait a bit.

Here are my picks of the day - The new Smythson bag from the upcoming Panama Range;

Rosamund Pike designed this bag for L K Bennett.

Lovely Handcream in great packaging.

Ultra cool sandwich bags for either us or our kids;

Bought these Kidston PJ's for stepdaughter and this blanket for other stepdaughter as all three of them have birthdays in the same week;

And finally this Stella T is £75 on the main website. Lots of sale reductions on there.

dry you are right, the uni isn't far from me so in theory I could just rock up and ask them face to face. I'm a little worried that might be seen as an aggressive move though.

Annianni Wed 14-Aug-13 10:36:44

Oh and if anyone is looking for a whole body workout, i can recommend sanding the floor with a hand held sander... I'm still aching all over today!

Love that Stella T Mig I'm not very good with white or predominantly white clothes, I always spill something down myself, they don't call me Calamity Jane for nothing grin

QueenC my DH's phrase is " we're battening down the hatches".....what the heck? I just nod and ignore grin
One not aggressive, pro active, it all depends on how you talk to them I think.
McNally I think of the calories, and it does make for some good memories .....and the evening glass of wine tastes all the better for it.smile
Foxy you sound like my DH.you are right though, healthier to live in cooler houses with fresh air but I wouldn't say that to DH!

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 10:52:41

Me too One. Current tally of clothing wrecked by jam making-about seven. When will I learn not to do it wearing decent clothes? Or pick the fruit too.

Annianni Wed 14-Aug-13 11:00:34

I wreck clothes whilst making bolognese sauce, and pizza sauce.

My CK pinny doesn't cover me enough.
Maybe I need a hazmat suit?

I can wreck things just making toast! I have (to add to my massive list of medical complaints, I swear, I'm genuine) almost no peripheral vision so I'm forever sticking my arm in the butter tub or knocking it on my shoes or something like that! I am a disaster zone in the kitchen truth be told though I do a mean steak! grin

santamarianovella Wed 14-Aug-13 11:24:48

hi all!,
safe trip back home linus,i still got a lot to back,thank god we dont leave till friday.

queen i agree with novice,a short term ban is ok,but a very long one can cause serious shopping spree madness! i speak from experience.

novice that was a nasty thread,and you are right men notice things,and it does not make you less of a person to lust over and buy beautiful things.

foxy some boots styles sell so fast,so if you like a style and feel that it will sell,then buy them,i tend to do what marsha does,buy a few things early and wait till sales,for the rest. im still looking for a cheaper version of the marant,hope it will be included in her h&m collaboration

dry im always cold,so i keep them on,and like foxy our house is a bit cold,

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 12:15:56

When I met my DH he was the lunch time shopping companion for half a dozen female CPN's! The got quite miffed when I swooped in and stole him away. Not that I minded at all their shopping trips with him. Quite a few men at work noticed and commented on clothing including one particular sleazejob who commented on weight loss/gain and how breasts looked. Not so PC our work place in the late 90's. I told him one day that his trousers made his dick look particularly tiny and he never made any comments again to me.

Dry We have a drafty late Victorian. I like being cold and so does DH.

Lol, that's brilliant mig I wish I was brave enough to say things like that to the men that bother me, instead I just squeak and run away

Topazandpearl Wed 14-Aug-13 12:38:42

Hi everyone, back from holidays and taking time to catch up. Reading through the previous volume, it is clear that there is so much more here than S&B. There is so much support for everyone, particularly when times are tough. So unlike that awful bag thread.
No new purchases here since I put myself on a one-month spending ban (I don't count cosmetics or knickers!) My last purchase was the I&I sweater in the Outnet sale (I love it and finally understand the appeal of cashmere).
I am enjoying the chat and the links which will help me plan my AW purchases. Now must get back to distracting DD who is fretting about A Level results tomorrow ......

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 13:28:56

Oh I squeak and run away too One but I hated (and still hate) this manager with a vengeance. Oh the times I have been tempted to name and shame him on Mn. I did whistle blow on him though and he was removed from patient care.

Topaz Welcome home. I do hope your DD gets what she needs tomorrow. It is such an awful day each year, the day before.....We haven't had a major underwear discussion on here lately so maybe we could hear about your new knickers? Kind of tell but don't show if you like? grin

Can't be doing with cold, I like the thermostat at about 24 in winter.

<high fives QueenC and Topaz in shopping ban solidarity> I've done 3 weeks now. Not been so bad, so far. Having an end goal helps a lot.

foxysocks Wed 14-Aug-13 13:43:10

Oooo topaz, which colour I&I did you get? I love mine too.

Le pliage arrived and is lovely. So clever how it folds up so small! Glad I got the large, the small would have been pretty useless with DCs I think. The dark grey is v chic and think it will become a staple.

Thanks for all the boot chat. Am psyching myself up to buy them! Big investment (for me). Was idly browsing NaP earlier and so many of the boots are already sold out in all but the smallest sizes. Obv the fashionistas get on it quick smart.

foxysocks Wed 14-Aug-13 13:54:23

24 amber! That's what my parents house is like. I get hot and bothered just thinking about it.

Well done on the three week mark. Are you avoiding blogs and shopping sites too? What if something amazing came up on the outnet?! shock

Hope DD gets the results she wants/needs Topaz it's terrible waiting for results. I fretted about mine for weeks last time I was at college

foxy no I'm still looking, it's half the fun! Nothing has really challenged me yet, though there is a Whistles skirt I keep thinking about...

Boot wise I think that is one area I'd be happy to go FP. You get great CPW with boots in this country.

Topazandpearl Wed 14-Aug-13 15:37:49

DD has gone out now with her friends, no doubt they will be winding each other up!
Foxy I got the blue one that McNally, and I think someone else (*Marsha*?) has. A lovely colour.
I'm afraid the knickers were a boring M&S multipack, mig. I like matching sets. Fantasie seem to do the right shape bra for me like this. I usually buy 2 pairs of knickers for each new bra but I supplement with plain M&S.
While I was there, I also bought pyjamas, which also don't count wink.
Foxy I would buy the boots when you find a pair you love. Even if they are reduced later, you will get so much wear out of them that it won't matter too much. Conversely, if you wait, don't worry about missing out because there will always be new ones to fall in love with! Either way, enjoy shopping for them!

Negroni Wed 14-Aug-13 15:43:16

Lost this thread last night smartphone issues but now caught up. I think this thread is bad for my wallet as it just give me ideas! Things I like buying - bags, shoes - I am encouraged to look at even more than usual. And things I am less confident about - tops - well, it just opens my eyes to the possibilities out there. I will have to join topaz ,queen , amber on a spending ban soon....and I still haven't sorted my beach clothes shopping for our hol in last week of Aug. As soon as I have got rid of the work that I am currently doing, am hotfooting it to Westfield to focus on swimsuits, beach cover up things and anything else that happens to be there.

Foxy totally admire you for your boot foresightedness. Are these proper long or warm boots, not just ankle boots? I am just not able to imagine beyond ankle boot weather at the moment (no imagination sadly hmm)

novice going back to to that bag thread. I think it is obvious that men and women with an eye for these things (ie not my dad) notice well designed/made things -I always notice people's jewellery (any style, real, fake whatever) because I love jewellery. Of course things that are good quality and well designed will attract attention. And of course some of time these things will be expensive because of those very qualities. I spend hours looking in kitchenware shops at all the different scandinavian coffee flasks etc. The brand names usually mean nothing to me but often always the things I am drawn to most are the priciest.

One Hope you are feeling a little better this afternoon. It is totally acceptable to ask for feeback re your course. If they aren't providing it, it probably means it is on the to do list of the person responsible, but you should feel totally cool about asking for it. It is important to you and there is no reason to feel shy about bringing it up again.

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 15:48:48

Nightwear doesn't count Topaz. Nor do shoes in my book or books for that matter.

Novice re what men notice, I find jewellery is a 'safe' thing for them to notice at work in terms of not being misconstrued.

libertychick Wed 14-Aug-13 16:07:42

Foxy are they the boots you have pinned (and I have repinned!!!). If so, and you can afford them, then I think they would be worth the money. They are fantastic and will look good for years. I have been debating them but they are not work suitable so I don't think I'd get the wear from them but as a SAHM I think you would potentially wear them almost every day from mid Sept to mid April. If they are the ones I think they are by my reckoning I think you could get the CPW down to about £2 per day by April!!! <enabler> Below that even grin

And absolutely, music, books, underwear and skin/hair products don't count on spending bans!!!

shopafrolic Wed 14-Aug-13 16:14:33
shopafrolic Wed 14-Aug-13 16:19:02

Liberty the link for me this morning doesn't seem to be working?

foxysocks Wed 14-Aug-13 16:24:20

I haven't pinned them liberty, partly because there are only a few pairs left in my size and partly because of my style stalker. if I do buy them I will pin/link then smile

libertychick Wed 14-Aug-13 16:24:53

Opps - try again Poetry Cowl neck

libertychick Wed 14-Aug-13 16:29:08

Foxy good decision - but just so you know I have been deliberating over a pair you have pinned for days!!! And I should not buy them, too expensive and I'd only wear them once a week at best - this thread is hell at times wink

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 16:49:26

ROYS - the land of Milk & Honey! Crap food but so many weird and wonderful things like clothes pegs, door mats and Barkeepers Friend.

I can't wear cowl or roll or polo necks Liberty as I think when I am angry I must look like a little snapping turtle in them as I have a short neck. It looks snuggly wuggly though and love the smokey blue grey colour of it.

Here are the boots I MUST HAVE. Love them, I do.

shopafrolic Wed 14-Aug-13 17:07:01

It was like stepping onto the set of Are You Being Served Mig.
Lovely cosy looking jumper Liberty needs to be more of a chunky roll neck for me though. Gorgeous colour....
Foxy definitely buy the boots. I've kicked myself over the years not buying early enough in the season.

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 17:15:00

Funnily enough, one of the loveliest bra's I have ever had came from a branch of Roys! It was cotton, in a kind of Gossard Glossies mesh and slightly pearlised. It gave me the shape I have tried in vain to replicate ever since. Weird as it was cheap as chips.

Bu ze boots Foxy....They last and last.

Annianni Wed 14-Aug-13 17:24:08

Foxy, who's your style stalker?

Annianni Wed 14-Aug-13 17:27:55

Love that top Liberty, have you ordered it?

Did you manage to sneak to the shops at the weekend?

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 17:36:22

What is a style stalker?

Negroni Wed 14-Aug-13 17:51:53

foxy ah did not see that bit about the style stalker. Please buy the boots and link and then we can all admire! Mig am presuming a style stalker is someone who observes what you buy and want to buy and then snaps it up! And then dresses identically to you!

Ooh Foxy a style stalker, how exciting annoying. Do you know who it is? Tempted to pin something truly hideous?<mwaaaa haaa haa......evil laugh>

Oh and are slipper style flats done or should I buy some for A/W?

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 18:07:17

Don't think I'm likely to be style stalked smile...

Am back at work tomorrow sad so having to put brain into work clothing mode. God knows what the weather'll be like and I can have quite a long commute and loads of driving or walking about in the day too.

Guess it'll be pants or skirt. And capacious bag for all the crap essentials I have to cart about. I can tell my working life from the state of the hems of my tops and side pockets of pants/skirts. All the stuff I used to wear on the ward has holes and damage from attaching the personal alarm onto clothing. It was quite heavy and wrecked havoc on fabric especially when I ran. Lanyard crocodile clips were not secure enough so had to be a safety pin. Have really messed up clothing that I'd otherwise still wear to smart occasions.

Negroni Wed 14-Aug-13 18:13:18

Dry am coming to the conclusion that nothing is ever done.... brogues, wedge trainers, wedges in general, leopard print. In my (not very valuable) opinion the slipper style goes on! I like these though sadly out of my price range shock

libertychick Wed 14-Aug-13 18:33:29

Anni I haven't ordered it (yet!) I did a quick tally up on all the things I would like to buy and it comes to £1800 - yikes!!! That's not happening then.

Shop you are such a fusspot grin

I didn't sneak out to the shops at the weekend. But I did a big on-line order for collection at Debenhams this weekend - 5 bikini's, some shorts and sandals - I won't keep it all but hoping I'll get the holiday essentials.

Dry I have decreed that slippers shall remain 'in' until mine fall apart and I need new shoes and I am the queen of these things you know wink

dry as the ever wise Travelincolour said to me - slippers are the ballet flats for those of us who could never have been ballerinas.

But then I have about 5 pairs.

MarshaBrady Wed 14-Aug-13 19:03:31

I think I'm getting slipper flats this a/w. better late than never and all that.

Thanks Negoni and Amber . I was never a ballet girl but have been in denial and have many ballet flats.....am now a accepting who I am and moving on grin -- another shoe buying opportunity presents itself-- heartfelt thanks sips third g + t

shopafrolic Wed 14-Aug-13 19:08:21

Guilty as charged Liberty sorry! I know I'm a PITA.

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 19:09:05

I'm not suited to slipper flats. I tend to slop about in them and look like Olive from On The Buses. I'm not a neat enough dresser to suit them. They look lovely on everybody else.

foxysocks Wed 14-Aug-13 19:17:27

I can't do slippers either. i like them on others but not me. and although I have two pairs of ballerinas they rarely get worn, for me it is all about the pointed flat

the style stalker is a mum on the SR who I am SURE lurks here and/or on the other forum i frequent. she keeps showing up in stuff posted, sometimes quite obscure pieces. i have no wish to own identikit clothes, hence trying to be a little more careful about what i link.

Portia4 Wed 14-Aug-13 19:27:33

Lived very close to Roysville I mean Wroxham, many years ago as an expat, even then it was very quaint, used to spend hours pottering, pre DCs!

mignonette Wed 14-Aug-13 19:29:58

Oh Foxy we could have some fun with that...grin grin grin....What could we post as 'your latest purchase'?

Do it Foxy could cause max confusion.
Can't do pointed flats sadly due to wide feet .........

santamarianovella Wed 14-Aug-13 21:08:54

foxy i like your style, consider the style stalker as a form of flattery grin.

MarshaBrady Wed 14-Aug-13 21:11:30

Yes Foxy I hear your latest shoe purchase is working out well. grin

LinusDKD Wed 14-Aug-13 21:17:14

Home Sweet Home!

Saw this and had to think of shop

And this for mig

Will try and catch up tomorrow, massive pile of laundry permitting.

MarshaBrady Wed 14-Aug-13 21:19:55

Welcome back Linus!

And nice boots.

Rag & Bone

To make up for the other Tory Burch ones suede.

Annianni Wed 14-Aug-13 21:26:49

Foxy I think you should order this fabulous coat

Maybe a gorgeous gilet for the SR?

Which could be worn with this tasteful skirt which would look amazing with the shoes that Marsha linked above grin

HAHAHA, that gilet looks like the Cookie Monster grin

MarshaBrady Wed 14-Aug-13 21:29:34

Hahaha Anni building up a good outfit here grin

Also, I would LOVE to have that green razor cuff envy

noviceoftheday Wed 14-Aug-13 21:34:26

Oh my eyes! That coat is errrr beautiful!grin

Annianni Wed 14-Aug-13 21:34:50

Of course Marsha... now which bag? grin

Do they still do those carlton shoppers that old dears use for bingo and shopping?

MarshaBrady Wed 14-Aug-13 21:53:29

yep, perfect.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 14-Aug-13 22:34:08

Wow, what a coat! And so bargainous!

Willow bag arrived today and is even more beautiful than pictured. Lovely smooth bridle leather and it smells delicious (v important). Perfect size too - big enough to lug everything without overwhelming me with hugeness. Baukjen goodies came too (thank God DH wasn't here when the postie arrived, Russell & Bromley and 2 boxes from Baukjen!). Glitter shoes absolutely gorgeous, if a little roomy. However, slipped in an insole and - perfect! Beats swapping for a size down only to discover they're a bit tight and then you never wear them.
Also had an impromptu trip to Meadowhall (long story) to discover new Victoria's Secret store open. It's as good a specimen as any I've been to in the US and the prices weren't bad at all. Bought some new undies, slinky yoga pants and a slouchy, snuggly sweatshirt for lounging. Happy.

libertychick Wed 14-Aug-13 23:44:46

Great shopping Grumpy. I love the smell of new leather.

Asos boots arrived today and I am so happy! They are great, took a bit of wriggling to get them on but great fit, very comfy and as Anni said previously very good quality - can't believe they are £20 - bargain. I have decided to return the Topshop tan chelsea boots I just don't love them as much smile

I also bought black suede almond toe wedge shoes today in M&S. Can't find them on the website to link - again it was instant love! I have been looking for a mid heel, non frumpy work shoe for ages.

Hopefully Thu 15-Aug-13 06:46:56

holy moly, you guys move fast now! Will attempt to catch up with a couple of pages...

Liberty those asos boots look really useful.

Grumpy what did you get from Baukjen? I really like the look of their a/w stuff.

The Joseph coat is a bargain, reduced to under £1k shock

QueenCadbury Thu 15-Aug-13 07:52:07

Morning. Had a lovely night out with my friend last night leaving dh in charge of 5 kids (foxy I can recommend the river cottage). Wore black jeans rolled up, black ballet flats and navy top with numerous bracelets and loved my outfit.

grumpy glad you got that bag as it was my favourite from the links.

mignonette Thu 15-Aug-13 08:06:45

Linus that razor bracelet is perfect for me, colour and style, everything.

Grumpy That is a gorgeous bag. Lucky you. I love the smell of leather in the morning to paraphrase.

Anyway I am back to work today and it is allocation meeting day so hope I am not weighed down with any new clients but as I have missed four, probably will be. I have too many as it is. Am as anxious as if it was my first day. Heard last night that somebody has been suspended from another CMHT for re-using a syringe barrel on a different patient [shocked] because they had run out and couldn't be arsed to go back to base.

So I am wearing my new Great Plains sweatshirt here layered over a cream Gap T shirt in case it gets warm. I have added an old indigo denim weave asymmetric kilt from TopShop bought in 2003. On my feet are my navy &Other Stories block heel sandals. I have my yellow Merci clutch folder and a tan leather shopper from Zara that is two years old for work stuff. I feel smart yet not stuffy.

Foxy You should definitely get the Big Bird coat. Oh yes you should. Pair it with those Celine mink Birkenstocks.

foxysocks Thu 15-Aug-13 10:12:53

rotfl at you guys

I actually posted two links on the other place - not completely out there, but things i would NEVER wear - and no one has even expressed surprise that they are on my wish list. waaah.

the YSL shades arrived and they are PERFECTO. suit the width/shape of my face really well and come in a fabulously eurotrash white leather case, love it.

Negroni Thu 15-Aug-13 11:56:17

Ooh I like new AW13 cute bags from Orla Kiely: this and this. Cute!!

And this MBMJ one too

Negroni Thu 15-Aug-13 12:10:35

Gorgeous shades foxy.

I can't wear slipper shoes either, makes me look frumpy and like I should be teaming them with a dressing gown. Can't wear v pointed flats also due to quite wide feet. So am stuck with ballet pumps even though I was never a ballerina.

Saw these penelope chilvers slipper shoes in red magazine which I wish I could wear, though. In fact love all the slippers on her site!

And confusingly these MBMJ slippers are called ballerinas?!

Do like his ankle boots though in tan suede and black suede

foxysocks Thu 15-Aug-13 12:21:31

annoyingly this dress is gorgeous but absolutely massive in an 8. wtf is that all about?!

it's OOS in a 6 on JL and the main whistles site - has anyone see it elsewhere?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 15-Aug-13 12:35:06

Hopefully I bought the Coco shirt in off white. Lovely, drapey fabric and the gold glitter slippers which I am in love with. They're not bright gold, more coppery bronze and twinkly, rather than full-on sparkly. A couple of years ago (when it was still Isabella Oliver) I bought the most beautiful olive green silk shirt with a tie-neck. I think it will be one of those things I have forever. Their stuff's not exactly avant garde, but good quality and understated design.

Negroni I love those Penelope Chilvers slippers.

foxysocks Thu 15-Aug-13 12:43:35

love that shirt and the sparkly shoes, grumpy. lovely.

scripsi Thu 15-Aug-13 12:45:07

just catching up after a busy time with DMIL (and DH and I are finally going to have some time away together this weekend, just for a night but I can't wait). Love those boots libertychick

I am still waiting for my marant-alike jackets to arrive ...

GrumpyOldHorsewoman just saw your post about the zara jacket. I would need an XS/S (I am tiny up top, dumpy below and about the same height as you!). But thank you for thinking of me. I have been in some unsuccessful bidding wars on ebay for that jacket and it might be worth your while putting it on there?

I have decided to ban myself from the shapeless black leggings that have somehow weedled their way onto me in my weakened state grin and I am in the market for some slim (skinny?) boyfriend jeans (I don't need to add inches to my saddlebags). As this might be a disaster and I might just wear them around the house, I want to start off cheap. What are your views on these: www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2742012

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 15-Aug-13 12:53:49

You're welcome Scripsi. I have put it aside to join the bunch of ebay stuff - it just doesn't look right on me. Weirdly, the sleeves are very tight (and I have quite skinny arms) but it's broad across the shoulders and sticks out a bit. I remind myself of Michael Jackson in the Thriller video when I wear it.

libertychick Thu 15-Aug-13 13:05:10

Would appreciate thoughts on how to wear this linen sweater. I think Grumpy has it too?? I love it but haven't worn it much...some inspiration would be great smile

Planning a wardrobe revamp this weekend - going to dye this silk top bright pink and also thinking about dying this jumper - maybe emerald green?

scripsi Thu 15-Aug-13 13:07:56

Ha! at MJ. That sounds like it would not look great on me either tbh. Perhaps this will mean that the monsoon one is a keeper (if it ever turns up).
Congrats on bag! I haven't been to a VS store in the UK, I assumed they'd be much more expensive than in the US, but love their yoga pants (which I use for being very immobile hmm) I shall have to seek them out.

I really need to sort my wardrobe out but half my clothes are missing in actin as my younger sister has 'borrowed' them. They may never return as she borrows things and then swears blind that I gave them to her. She always takes my really nice stuff as well as she says I don't wear it so someone has to hmm

Also, scripsi Have you seen any of the aforementioned zara jackets in a medium or above on ebay? Having looked it up after Grumpy mentioned it, I quite fancy one but I'm not very good an e-bay, I never know where to start looking!

scripsi Thu 15-Aug-13 13:10:52

sorry xpost with liberty: I would love the silk top in bright pink and the jumper would be great in emerald (though I have never dyed a thing in my life).

scripsi Thu 15-Aug-13 13:16:21

OneLittleLady

I just search on zara quilted jacket.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Zara-BNWT-Floral-Printed-Quilted-Jacket-Size-M-/171077501165?pt=UK_Women_s_Coats_Jackets&hash=item27d50380ed

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Zara-Floral-Printed-Quilted-Biker-Style-Jacket-Cara-Delevigne-Summer-Festival-M-/161084566701?pt=UK_Women_s_Coats_Jackets&hash=item2581636cad

They are going for significantly more than their clearance price unfortunately.

But I think that Grumpy has one in medium which is destined for ebay?

scripsi Thu 15-Aug-13 13:16:51

Thanks for looking scripsi but that's a lot more than I can afford to pay right now, I'm paying out for a lot of music lessons right now so funds are limited but thank you again for looking for me thanks

Annianni Thu 15-Aug-13 13:22:20

Foxy have you tried asos, HoF and Atterley Rd?
They also do Whistles.

RubyLovesShopping Thu 15-Aug-13 13:26:51

Scripsi I had one of those and wore it once but it was such an odd fit the sleeves were v tight and the shoulders were too loose. I bought it for £60 and ebayed it and even worn it sold for £81!! It was lovely to look at but decided it just wasn't me.

Annianni Thu 15-Aug-13 13:27:10

Is it wrong that i've just got excited because the postman's brought the Collonil gel!?

I've emailed J Crew about the shrunken linen tee.
Finger's crossed.

scripsi Thu 15-Aug-13 13:27:52

OneLittleLady I wouldn't pay that much for them either: the price of the jackets might come down on ebay once the novelty wears off (I have some zara blazers which were originally going for 80 pounds of more but then were going for 20 or so a few weeks later, so I just waited it out).

scripsi Thu 15-Aug-13 13:30:25

Ruby yes Grumpy has warned me that the jacket has weird Michael Jackson tendencies. Weird that it looks fine in their advertising campaign. I feel a little less love for it now!

I'll keep looking scripsi MJ tendencies are ok for me as they balance my hips out grin

RubyLovesShopping Thu 15-Aug-13 13:36:42

While I'm delurked for 5 mins anni I love those grey boots you have pinned, have ordered the best budget lookalikes I could find but fear they will not match up.

foxysocks Thu 15-Aug-13 13:42:44

yes tried those too anni. it's OOS in a 6 everywhere.

oh well, dress hunt continues.

foxysocks Thu 15-Aug-13 13:55:19

sorry i meant to add a flowers for anni - thanks for the suggestions. x

Hopefully Thu 15-Aug-13 13:59:48

Grumpy oooh I have the coco shirt too, I love it, although it hasn't washed quite as well as I would like. Am still tempted to get another one though.

I have just rediscovered the joy of H&M long camisoles. So useful for layering and to cover up the slight muffin top I am currently sporting. I know amber is fan of them too. £2.99 each!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 15-Aug-13 14:06:15

One I really would urge caution before buying the Zara jacket - if at all possible I'd recommend trying it on (or something similar in Zara) to decide exactly which size you need. It is such an odd fit, as Ruby has also echoed that you could find yourself buying one that fit all wrong. I think normal sizing goes out the window with this one.

Thanks Grumpy Will have to find out where my nearest Zara store is, we don't have one where I live sad

I've done a boatload of googling for measurements and it seems that a S or M in the zara jacket would be my best fit. Will wait a few weeks then trawl ebay based on Scripsis suggestion. I'm quite excited about hunting for one now. Maybe I need a life grin

Annianni Thu 15-Aug-13 14:45:26

One, are you not over Leeds way?
I thought they had a Zara.

Their jackets never fit me and i'm a 14/16

Ruby, is it those NaP boots with the buckles?
They are lovely.

Fab shopping Grumpy, i've just pinned half of Baukjen thanks to you! grin

Foxy, have you rung any real life shops looking for the dress?
I emailed Whistles CS about an oos item a few months ago, and they posted it to me, from a shop.

I can get to Leeds ani but I'm not IN leeds. DP works there so I could ask him to have a look for me

Hi from France everyone- DH is on a plane back to London for 24hrs work and so I am taking the chance to be lazy (DH is also one of those constant activity people) and catch up with you lot ..it's taken quite a while! I am sat in the sunshine on our balcony with a coffee, looking up at the larch forest opposite, with what is a black run in the winter just to the right. It's about 28deg with a lovely breeze smile and I can hear the river rushing by at the bottom of the valley. DC's engrossed in a DVD.

I have had some time to flick through Red and Elle and did lots of virtual shopping for you all, but am on phone so links going to take too long. Important ones are a tartan rucksack from Accessorize, £35 for One, a purple Kate Spade bag for Novice (in an ad), a gorgeous I&I colour block cashmere for Marsha and a stunning cosy roll neck for Shop...it's moss green and a long cardigan/jumper, £260 from Longchamp but I can't see it on the website, but look at page 59 of Red. Grumpy those metallic bags are lovely aren't they-no wonder sold out!

I need to come back with my answers to Mig's quiz!

Hope you are feeling better Novice

One the more you say about your condition the more I think going to see the guy I PM'd you about seems like a good idea, his team come at things from every angle - nutrition, metabolic testing, exercise etc.
longchamp but I can't see it on the website

mignonette Thu 15-Aug-13 15:44:47

Hello everyone. Back at work and this close to giving notice. Missing my fashion chat. xx

Oops, sorry for random sentence at the end blush

Liberty I'd have thought that navy linen jumper would go with a lot and into autumn.

I'd wear it with;

Blue cuffed jeans and spiky coloured/animal/ metallic heels for informal going out. Or with flats for day.
White jeans?stone chinos?grey jeans?
With skirts if you like skirts....colour blocking?
With black ...channel QueenC (leather or coated skinnies, heels for eve)
With a white shirt under poking out, 3/4 black trs, black chunky loafer (my fav work look)
Loads......infact I'd love it myself.

Just back from beach...Guernsey is now my fav place, I would highly recommend it to any families....the most beautiful, sandy, unspoiled beaches and little coves. Really old fashioned ....and at it's most beautiful in this fabulous weather we have been extraordinarily lucky.

Off out again now ......catch up later.

Shop hope you had/have a lovely, much deserved night out with Mr Shop

You may be right sleep I will have to look into cost and travel. I desperately need to do something, I'm a very disgusting and huge 16 stone which is massively overweight for my height sad

mignonette Thu 15-Aug-13 15:54:37

Like these very much. Quite spat-like.

Oh wow mig they are fabulous! I'm not much of a drooler over shoes but they are lovely

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 15-Aug-13 17:09:22

sleep I mentally pinned that Longchamp cardigan when I saw it in Red. Tres gorgeous. Your holiday sounds fab envy

McNally Thu 15-Aug-13 17:23:31

Hope work isn't too awful mig.

Holiday sounds lovely sleep. I'm envy!

Was doing some shopping and asked about your dress in my local Whistles foxy but they only had an 8 unfortunately. Tried on some dresses while I was there. Will link later as am on phone and Whistles website is a pain... Pondering.

Dauphin Thu 15-Aug-13 17:52:33

I really rate Penelope Chilvers, Negroni, and got some ankle boots from her last season. I also like the slipper shape, and tend to wear for relaxed evening wear, or at home, with slim cigarette pants or cropped woollen capri's or they dress down a little dress.

Love the shades Foxy.

Whereabouts in France are you Sleep? Love the idea of mountains in the summer - and no mossies to boot!

We have been in wellies this morning as sluiced down here! Typical. DD2 been poorly this afternoon with mysterious flu like symptomsso we watched The Wizard of Oz! - although she was down one minute and putting herself to bed and then jumping up and down on trampoline about half an hour later...

QueenCadbury Thu 15-Aug-13 20:14:07

Evening all. It's soooo nice to sit down and do a proper catch up now all the guests have left. I have absolutely loved having friends to stay but I miss my evenings doing nothing! I had a long chat with my best friend last night about clothes as she's lost her way since having dc. I think she'd really benefit from getting colours/style done but she doesn't have the confidence to do it. We had great fun today draping scarves and cardigans around her and I diagnosed her as a winter grin. She looks amazing in pine gree and cobalt and looked far better in my red lippy than me. Hopefully I've given her some confidence to break out of her black rut.

liberty that linen sweater is gorgeous. I like drys suggestions especially pairing it with black. Is it quite short as it looks like it would look nice with a coloured vest peeking out from under it. Also where are you getting your emareald dye from? I tried something using Dylon amazon green but it wasn't right at all.

LinusDKD Thu 15-Aug-13 20:15:29

grumpy that Coco shirt looks lovely!

The sales assistant in the shop where I bought my Colts was wearing a stunning Equipment shirt which suited her so well. If I had seen it on a hanger I wouldn't have liked it at all because it was olive/military green with a snakeskin print, but she looked awesome in it.

She was just so cool, very minimal make-up (if any) and very natural hair but effortlessly stylish and very friendly as well. I have been lusting after an Equipment shirt ever since but so far I haven't found a colour or print I like.

In that same shop they also had a gorgeous emerald green silk Céline dress but at nearly 1000 €, I immediately put it back. (DH loved it as well)

foxy a new pair of shades that look good on you can really lift your spirits I find.

sleep enjoy your holiday! If you are in the French Alps I might be able to 'see' you from my bedroom window. (I used to be able to see the top of Mont Blanc on a clear day until the b&?*$#<s accross the road decided to build a house and block our view)

mig those shoes are to die for! I like the black/nude ones even better. I wonder which actress/singer will wear them on the red carpet?
Oh, and I hope your day got better after you posted about resigning.

noviceoftheday Thu 15-Aug-13 20:30:45

Hi everyone. Good to hear from you Sleepsmile

Still not feeling great. Don't think the air conditioning at work is helping. sad

I have been trying something new at work over the past couple of days, which is wearing a coast structured cream 1/2 sleeves cropped knit with my work dresses. It's a knit that I bought more for cover up at weddings etc but has looked great and I have probably doubled the number of times a year I wear this lovely knit. No external meetings so slight more casual than a jacket but still v formal. Why don't I think of this before??!!

LinusDKD Thu 15-Aug-13 20:32:33

A winter skort for hopefully

zara

I have cleared out my wardrobe and drawers, there's a bin bag full of stuff waiting to go to my sisters for distribution among her and her friends wardrobes. Some of it doesn't fit, some of it's no longer my style and some of it, I don't know WTF I was thinking, it's not me at all. Hopefully it will all go to good homes and I've instructed her to take what doesn't get re-homed to a charity shop. I now have space for new things and can see where I have gaps and holes.

LinusDKD Thu 15-Aug-13 20:36:17

A skirt for mig

zara

Not sure if you do pencil skirts, but I'd thought you'd like the print and colours.

Ooooh, I like that linus even though the link was not destined for me. I wonder if I can get away with something like the model is wearing, with the slim bottom and slouchy, not tucked in top or would it make me look huge?

LinusDKD Thu 15-Aug-13 21:05:42

I like it too one but I'll have to see the fabric in real life because Zara can be a bit hit and miss for me when it comes to patterns.

I think you can go slouchy on top as the skirt itself is quite fitted or maybe with a belted cardigan.

What worries me is that the fitted bottom , slouchy top would emphasize my already massive hips. I have a rather large difference between waist and hips and would like to look trimmer if at all possible!

Hi, we are in Serre Chevalier for those who asked - just A few hours North of Nice and over the border from Italy, we went to Montgenevre this morning to play on the luge, you get a bubble lift up to the top of the mountain then ride toboggans on rails all the way down, brilliant fun. I would recommend Summer in the mountains to anyone, the kids have a blast and can do more and more of the endless list of stuff on offer every year they get older - horseriding, white water rafting, mountain bike trails, jungle park, canoeing, golf, swimming pools, lots of picnics, it's like a real life Centre Parcs with amazing weather (and <whisper> probably cheaper) grin. The cooler evenings are a possible downside but I prefer being able to open the windows at night rather than have aircon and as you said Dauphin, mozzies not an issue!

I am trying not to buy anything or think about A/W until we get back but keeping my eye on you lot for inspiration grin. Novice sounds like you have found a whole new wardrobe direction with casual-ish knitted jacket. Highly recommend Comptoir for more, I think Grumpy has one same as my black/White one in blue....

Annianni Thu 15-Aug-13 21:32:03

I have holiday envy again Sleep envy

As predicted, J Crew have refunded me for the linen tee (i sent them a photo of the grey and white together, and the difference is about 3 inches)

They've said to do what I want with the top too.
So I've got yet another item on the rail that's too small, taunting me...
But I can't fault their customer services, it's second to none.

I've ordered 2 scarves from Baukjen to try, (Grumpy's fault) from their sale section.
One blue, one grey... will link when they're here.
They look quite small in the photo, but nice and big on the model and they have great reviews.

Shop are you home yet?

Liberty, that sweater's lovely and I agree that it'll go with lots of things.
I'd wear it with rolled up jeans, ankle boots and silver jewellery.

Mig, did you like the slightly bonkers black icecream?

Was it Topaz's dd getting results today?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 15-Aug-13 21:38:50

I do have a cobalt/black/white knitted jacket from CdC sleep. Very versatile for bridging the 'smart enough' gap.

I'm happy this evening as I've finally nabbed an Ada dress in burnt orange from Hobbs. It's been sold out in my size since I started pining for one (after seeing it on Kim Sears during Wimbledon). Miraculously has come back into stock just in time for me to wear it to York races next week. Yay!

mignonette Thu 15-Aug-13 21:51:47

Good evening everyone -

Anni Thanks for the ice cream pic-I repinned it and assume it is liquorice or squid ink. In Japan they have horse ice cream.

Linus Good call with the skirt as it is exactly what I would and do wear.

One You'd look great in a pencil skirt especially if you find one with some stretch in it so that it moves with your curves. Kim Kardashian has a hip to waist ratio that is very pronounced, a lovely booty and a decent rack. She wears pencil skirts a lot. You could always wear pencil skirt/shirt/top with a cardigan or blazer over the top. Make sure the hems fall just below or above the widest point of your hips. That'll give you a little more confidence maybe about wearing these cuts.

I am beyond tired. I am seriously considering. I have done so many years and whilst I enjoy the clinical side and do not mind the paperwork per se, the continual pressure to produce short term results for people who need long to medium term input is immense. Plus the bed crisis (of which there has been coverage re sectioning to gain access to beds) alongside cuts in staff numbers makes me feel vulnerable. And if I feel vulnerable what in Gods name must clients feel? I just cannot fit them all in yet I have to take on even more. Plus CPD/training days/Audit training/new protocols/lLiaison nursing/clinical, managerial and peer led supervision bla bla bla. That is not the quarter of it. I also have to run Discharge preparation support groups w/ staff nurses and OT's on a local acute unit oh and contribute to a Journal club and Mental Health Promotion student nurse training packs. And mentor pre and post reg conversion students. And do on call.

Then I have to commute between the country where I live and the city where I work and I cannot transfer locally because of various reasons...Gah...

Anyway rant over. I loved those Valentino shoes and that Smythson Panama bag I posted earlier (?last thread). I cannot ever justify spending that much on a pair of non essential shoes so will have to hope they come up on sale at some point. I received £50 John Lewis vouchers as belated birthday gift today from colleagues so am looking for something to spend them on other than my Waitrose shop! I want a new duvet set in a navy/white geometric style print. Will have to browse.

Sleep Your holiday sounds wonderful. Can it really only be a couple of weeks since I returned? Enjoy...

That sounds awful Mig I can only speak from a clients perspective but I've seen how busy my CPN is and how much pressure there is to discharge people to make room for others in need. It's terrible from where I'm sitting. I've had six doctors in the space of five years because they keep leaving and 3 different CPNs in the same time. All I want is some continuity but they can't give it as they are overrun with changes to procedure themselves sad

Topazandpearl Thu 15-Aug-13 22:02:58

Sleep and Dry's holidays sound wonderful and I like the suggestions for Liberty's jumper.

Yes, Anni, my DD got her results today, and we are all very happy grin. She exceeded what she needed for her firm choice so will be off to uni in just over a month shock.

She will be heading somewhere known for its wind and rain, so I have promised her a warm, waterproof and stylish coat (with a hood). She likes the Barbour style. Any suggestions gratefully received.

She is out now celebrating with friends. DS is out too (he is older and home for the summer). It is a little taste of what it will be like in October when they will both be away. I won't spoil tonight by fretting about that now, though. It only seems five minutes ago that they were tucked up in bed having had their bedtime story!

Congratulations to your DD topaz it must feel good to have exceeded what she needed smile

Topazandpearl Thu 15-Aug-13 22:09:50

Oh Mig, sorry, cross-posted. Sometimes it is only after a break that you can see the reality of a situation. When you are stuck in the daily grind, it is not so easy.
Do you have options? Reduce hours or do something else, related or not? Is there someone at work that you can discuss the situation with or is that not wise? Meanwhile, rant on here as much as you like. I hope you have a better day tomorrow.

LeFreakCestChic Thu 15-Aug-13 22:11:26

Any suggestions with how to style a ruched me & em dress..? I order 3 in the sale ( all 1/2 price): black, navy & grey..got a bit carried away...

They're lovely but any suggestions on how to stule them for work to disguise chubby waist and tummy would be great

Topazandpearl Thu 15-Aug-13 22:11:27

Thanks One, she is beyond thrilled!

Topazandpearl Thu 15-Aug-13 22:15:37

LeFreak, I have worn mine with a skinny belt, with a belted open cardi - waterfall (got this tip fromHopefully's blog, will try to find the link) or long and with a cropped jacket. I have a chubbier tummy than I would like and find that the ruching distracts from it (maybe only in my mind, but neer mind).

libertychick Thu 15-Aug-13 22:15:42

Thanks Dry, Anni and QueenC for the ideas. I think layering something under might work - the problem is that it is slightly short so IMO draws attention to my upper thighs/saddlebags. It might work with something like the Zara pencil skirt Linus has pinned. With black is a good idea too - will try with black jeans at the weekend.

QueenC thanks for the feedback on the green Dylon - that's the one I was thinking about getting...maybe I'll try a different colour, have you tried the dylon reds or blues?

One please don't describe yourself as disgusting sad - you are a vibrant, smart, funny, interesting woman with a great sense of style... be kind to yourself flowers

Sleep I've just gone to p59 of Red following your post and wow, that cardi is just fantastic....

Topazandpearl Thu 15-Aug-13 22:19:10

Link for LeFreak here from Hopefully's blog

libertychick Thu 15-Aug-13 22:20:18

Cross post - v v well done to your DD Topaz - I get teary at the idea of DD ever being at that stage and she's only 2.7!!!

LeFreak this Cardi would look good over the Me&Em dresses. Or wear with a jersey blazer and a scarf, opaques and heels.

Topazandpearl Thu 15-Aug-13 22:24:15

Also Amber wears me & em dresses, scroll down to find it.

libertychick Thu 15-Aug-13 22:24:16

Mig sorry to hear work is so difficult - feel free to pm if you want to chat.

Thank you liberty blush it's hard sometimes as I have very very few friends, maybe one or two that I'd say were true friends so I don't have many people being nice to me (apart from DP of course) Coming to MN and finding the S&B is one of the few things that keeps me going day to day as more often than not, I'm stuck in alone and speak to no one all day unless I have medical appointments and even then, no one chats, it's all just clinical stuff. It's very tiresome only having yourself for company sometimes, the conversation is a little...one sided grin

Topazandpearl Thu 15-Aug-13 22:26:26

Thanks Liberty. She is quite understanding (mostly!!) of my current need to give her frequent hugs.

libertychick Thu 15-Aug-13 22:31:04

Awwwwww Topaz that's so sweet... I'll keep my eyes peeled for a coat.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 15-Aug-13 22:43:35

If it's pencil-type skirts we're after, I tagged a page in the new Jack Wills season preview that came in the post today. Annoyingly it doesn't seem to be on t'website yet. It's called the Brinford skirt and a bargain at £29.50. Six colourways inc narrow horizontal stripes and bodycon shape. Very nice.

mignonette Thu 15-Aug-13 22:44:36

Topaz I'm so very happy to hear of your DD's success. What a big step for you all. Having seen three children through university and two others into vocational/training, it is a special time. I will look out for a jacket. Barbour often have sales on so will see what i can find there.

Here are some -

Quilted

Hooded

http://www.barbourbymail.co.uk/Womens-Barbour-Hilberry-Waxed-Jacket.html Belted]]

Lavenham

ONe I echo Liberty's comment. You are not disgusting although I can understand that life and its challenges can make you feel that way especially when you feel like maybe you are having to battle your body. You can PM me you know any time for some 'bespoke' chat.

Leaving my clients in the lurch is what keeps me going. They have put up with enough absence from me. I will adjust. If I went PT I'd probably have to do the same amount of work in less hours [shocked]...

mignonette Thu 15-Aug-13 22:45:24
santamarianovella Thu 15-Aug-13 22:57:13

evening all,
loving the zara skort.
one good job on clearing your wardrobe,
sleep your holiday sounds amazing ,will you be going to vence this year? we are leaving to the south of france tomorrow.
mig sounds like an awful lot of stress for you,hope it gets better flowers
ive just finished packing,and im beat, dreading the flight with the dcs,dh wont join us till saturday<flying from the ME>, thank god sil and her family are joining us,the idea of spending the night alone with the kids in a rented house scares me.

mignonette Thu 15-Aug-13 23:01:30

Happy holidays Santa. France is quite the place this year. Hoping the flight goes okay. Packing loads of bribes used to work for me! Quite understand not wanting to be alone in a rented house. The night sounds very different doesn't it? Staying in my Fathers house once I left the French doors open as it was hot and we were under a mosquito net. The house was in a high walled compound so relatively safe but not from the nearby Farmers two Jack Russellls who came bounding into the room at Midnight and nearly killed me from fright...grin

Eat loads, drink loads and enjoy! I'm off to bed now and will see you all of a morn xx

libertychick Thu 15-Aug-13 23:18:10
santamarianovella Thu 15-Aug-13 23:32:47

mig last year,the owner of the house we rented near grimaud warned us about "le wild boar", living on his property, and only coming out of seclusion at night,we all burst out laughing thinking that its a joke,he looked at us seriously and said"non,no joke".that really took all fun out of having dinner alfresco grin.

topz congrats to your dd,you should be out celebrating too!

My toes have finally stopped hurting grin now, it may be the painkillers talking but I love you all. You're as close to a circle of real friends as I have ever had and I just want to hug you all thanks wine cake for you all

libertychick Thu 15-Aug-13 23:38:09

Thanks one!! smile Sleep well.

QueenCadbury Fri 16-Aug-13 06:46:25

mig I totally get where you're coming from. I miss the patients and clinical work but not all the other crap that goes with it. I see how stressed dh is and it's not the patients but all the admin and political side of things. Email/pm me if you need to chat. I thought I'd regret giving up nursing ( although I am still a registered nurse until next July if I change my mind!) but I really don't. I gave so many years of hard work and emotional investment, got where I wanted to be and feel the time is right to do something else. I'm hopefully going to start voluntary work in the autumn if I can work out child are with the training dates.

topsz congrats to dd. please all stop pinning barbours as I really love some of them but not sure I can justify when I have a north face grin. They're worth looking at too, will post some in a minute.

one I must have missed your post but I reiterate what the others say. As someone said a couple of days ago, this thread is so much more than just fashion.

liberty I have only tried the green one, intense violet (love it!) and fushisa (which was a lovely colour but patchy due to the material being dyed).

QueenCadbury Fri 16-Aug-13 06:53:51

my north face jacket. Bought it 2 or 3 years ago and it's so warm and waterproof. No hood though but I wear a Barbour hat.

north face. Love this one.

Mig so sorry you feel bad about work, I think you should write a book about women and their clothes........all I can say is that on here we value your brilliant fashion contributions and understanding when people are low.flowers
One it's a lovely group on here....about a lot more than fashion flowers
And Topaz congrats again to your daughter....great news. A levels are a bugger!

Topazandpearl Fri 16-Aug-13 07:29:55

Thank you for the congratulations and thanks to Mig, Liberty and Queen for the coat suggestions. I will show them to DD when she surfaces, which is likely to be much later!
Mig and One, I hope you have a better day today x

Good morning everyone, it is 8.30am here and all 3 DC's are still sleeping, it's a miracle! Typically if course, I am wide awake with no need to be - except to chat to you smile. the temptation to make myself coffee and catch up on links is huge but I'm scared I will wake someone smile

Topaz well done to your DD, how exciting for her, bittersweet for you though, I am only too aware if how time is flying by with young DC's filling the days! Do you have a budget in mind for the coat?

Santa we have a week more here then go to Vence for the final week of the hols. Where are you going? We may bump into each other grin!

foxysocks Fri 16-Aug-13 09:52:19

oh well done to your DD topaz! i remember a level results day so well, I was so scared. missed my grades by one but luckily still got in to my no 1 choice, extra good as if i hadn't wouldn't have met my DH grin

been prancing around in my shades admiring my reflection in all the different mirrors <vain>

ok a little (hypothetical, unfortunately) challenge - £1,000 to spend at NaP. what would you buy?

I think I really need this dress..........is there any quality difference between Baukjen and Me +Em?

Foxy great challenge....will have a peek and report back

Annianni Fri 16-Aug-13 10:09:42

Easy peasy Foxy... I'd buy a PS1

I think I'll take the boys to the sea side today for a run about.

I'm wallpapering Ds2's new bedroom tomorrow, so for my dh's sanity, I think some fresh air will do them good today grin

Annianni Fri 16-Aug-13 10:12:02

Well done to Topaz's dd.

Lovely dress Dry.

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 10:36:16

Thank you all for your kindness. It's a shock to my system going back I guess. I will post later when I have some time. Have lovely day (Am in yesterdays outfit bar clean T shirt underneath-slut that I am).

xx

God, I'm so tired. I was having really scary dreams about being in the Overlook Hotel (the hotel from The Shining) even after waking and then going back to sleep. I kept waking up terrified and crying. Not at all restful. No idea why though as I haven't watched or read The Shining for years hmm

Today is a lazy fashion day, floral printed wrap dress, burgundy tights, purple cardigan and gold studded black flats. Too tired for a real effort today

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 14:06:22

That outfit sounds lovely One. My kind of colours. You'll not be glad to hear that 'Doctor Sleep' the sequel to The Shining is due out next month! It is about Danny and his adulthood.

I dreamed that my son's Springer Spaniel chased my childhood Siamese cat and savaged it. Lovely. What that says about my psyche doesn't bear thinking about as at least one of those animals has dream-time travelling ability seeing as the Siamese died 30 years ago!

libertychick Fri 16-Aug-13 14:15:08

Outfit sounds lovely one. Dreams like that are really unsettling aren't they?

Today I am v boring - working from home in navy Me&Em trousers - comfy as trackpants but look a lot better for popping out, answering the door etc. Purple Gap V-Neck T and new Asos boots and grey Whistles jersey blazer for trips out to Sainsbury's etc. Murano glass green/blue/gold pendant on gold chain for a little bit of sparkle - I feel undressed without a necklace on smile

Was it Foxy asked what we would do with £1000 to spend in NAP? For me it would be Burberry Brit coat, Fiorentini and Baker boots and Acne grey scarf. With the £10 change I'd get dressed up in my new garb, go get a coffee somewhere nice and show off!!!

Annianni Fri 16-Aug-13 14:16:18

Not sure if this will work...

My view...

I'm envy ani

Thanks ladies, I honestly thought I looked a bit of a mess as I just couldn't face the wardrobe this morning with being so tired. I'm both scared and curious about this sequel mig I know I'll have to watch it, I just worry what it will do to my dreams after!

libertychick Fri 16-Aug-13 14:20:02

Are you walking on the beach Anni or is that the view from your house? How lovely - making me homesick - reminds me of west of Ireland beaches. It's the one thing I really miss - I used to live by the coast and walked the beach every day - sigh.

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 14:21:12

Liberty Good choices. I love the coat and it is actually a good price for an investment piece.
I will do my £1000 to spend later when i have time to browse.

Anni Lovely view but rub it in why don't you grin that we working/hone stiffs have grey skies; well at least I do. That sky looks big...

I was looking at photos and blogs of Appalachia/New Mexico and New Orleans last night sigh...I want a house with a stoop, a screened porch, Spanish Moss hanging from the Live Oak trees, a jug of Ice Tea and Dolly Parton living next door. One day...

Annianni Fri 16-Aug-13 14:21:59

One and Mig those dreams sound scary!

I'm wearing black metallic hav's, gap slim boyfriend jeans, white linen J Crew tee and a grey gap cardi.
Got an ancient Prada messenger bag with all their gubbins in.

It's glorious here, just a bit windy.

libertychick Fri 16-Aug-13 14:22:21

I never watch horror films - hate feeling scared and way too sensitive, they really unsettle me. Very violent films freak me out too.

libertychick Fri 16-Aug-13 14:24:52

Mig I am very seriously considering that coat. I'd have to buy nothing for a few months to justify it....but then I wouldn't need a winter coat for 10 years!!!

Annianni Fri 16-Aug-13 14:25:35

I'm in the old lady capital of the North West... Cleveleys! grin

There's hardly anyone on the beach, it's lovely <sigh>

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 14:31:09

I read Stephen King but never watch horror films. I find King has real pathos which tempers any horror unfortunately film makers only focus upon the horror.

I think that coat is on balance a good buy. It will last and will look sharp for years. It is timeless.

Anni I have never ever been to the NW would you believe? DD loves Whitby and I have been to Filey but the NW? No. Looks glorious. I'd like to visit the coastal peninsula near the Lake District, whitehaven etc. My StepD lives in Leeds. I love Leeds.

Im not sure what i'd buy if i had £1000 to spend in NAP but whatever change was left, I'd do the same as liberty and spend my time at coffee shops showing off my stuff grin

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 15:02:16

Hey Voguette honeys...... I'm home! grin
Made it in one piece and no ILs were harmed during our stay.
Lots to catch up on but congrats to DDTopaz excellent news!

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 15:12:56

Hi Shop Welcome back to here and you sound remarkably sane grin..

I expected your first post back to be along the lines of

HBijKL&%^%LK{:L@NJNeed..Vat..WineGFDDEI^%UTGYSA$"F**KW£S%EURTDYCKHF V

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 15:21:08

grin after a night out drinking WAY too much with DH and my BIL and his partner on Weds night, and then last night staying with some very lovely chilled friends I feel properly recovered Mig
It's been good, full on as expected and all not well in FIL world but I tried to limit my exposure and just enjoy the chance to be away. The weather was good, we've had nice pub lunches and a fab day in Blakeney. Nice to be home now though......

foxysocks Fri 16-Aug-13 15:40:19

anni great choice! that was my first thought too - PS1 in cobalt <dreams>

adore the burberry liberty and agree with mig, not a bad price at all.

glad you are home and happy shop

great views anni, your outfit sounds lovely

sorry work is sucky mig. i feel so sorry for NHS workers, it's such an amazing institution but the powers that be do not seem to look after the all important workforce. do not want to get into a politics rant so I shall stop there.

am in cobalt a wang tee, grey goldsigns and my yellow/zebra sandals today. first time ever without a pushchair for the nursery run! DD scooted there and back no problems. wonder what I can get for the bugaboo, might add it to my bag fund....

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 15:42:13

I got loads for my Bugaboo Foxy they hold their value well. Particularly if you've got a local Facebook Parents Network page...... free to list it then - unlike EBay......

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 16:03:08

Shop I am glad it went well for you and you had yourself some fun. And well done for not getting entangled in a family counselling session.

Foxy Aaahhh. First walk/scoot to nursery. An era is coming to an end for you sad and smile. The outfit sounds cool.

Anni Foxy - I have a violet PS1. They are super gorgeous but I don't think it is worth the £££ they charge at full price. I got mine with a discount via a friend of a friend of my DH for Christmas.

Getting in early and already ordering Christmas presents today. I ordered some suede converse for DP from Brand Alley this morning and they've already been dispatched! I'm not use to this prompt service, I've obviously been shopping in the wrong places before now grin

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 16:08:50

Sounds lovely One. I have started my Christmas shopping as have 5 children to buy for in total and three of them have birthdays next week. Expensive. The Cath Kidston strawberry PJ bottoms arrived for StepD2 today but haven't opened them yet.

DH wants a Kindle Fire so that'll be straightforward plus I get him these copper and wood gardening tools from Austria each year. He needs a new pair of Oakley sunglasses but was wondering if you could just get a new frame/new lenses put in. Suppose not.

I am picking up my new geek glasses tomorrow so I will be able to read again something other than 14 point. They are midnight blue square frames. I want to get daily disposable lenses to trial too as wore GPs for 31 years then had a catastrophe...

Mig I have six brothers and sisters, my DS, Stepdad, DS's permenant foster family (no abuse/neglect within our family but DS has ASD and I have severe physical and mental health problems and couldn't look after him anymore sad ), six nieces and nephews and DP's family to buy Christmas presents for plus birthdays almost every month of the year!! It's expensive but so worth seeing people's faces when I get it right!!

Oh Shop so pleased you're ok.......a good pub is always therapeutic I find! Also I often thing things you dread aren't always as bad.

I dreamt about work last night.....almost as scary as The Shining One!!!!grin

Foxy I have don't my NAP wish list, quite difficult. A toss up between " what I'd never buy myself but really love" guess what?...a dress I'd wear twice. Or sensible, investment pieces.
I have gone for the latter....actually the Burberry Brit coat was a contender, but I'm not allowed any more black apart from a dress here and there so;
this coat
and this bag which I've lusted after for ages
but then I saw these shoes which I luuuurrrvvvee

Ok....now don't judge me.....but I've had the loveliest day ever today and I just need to get it out because I'm so EXCITED ( sorry I know capitals are a MN no no).grin
Today's plan was.....Get up at 6.30 shock to get the early boat to Sark (saving £20).Cycle round to tiny island, go to a big pool called the Venus pool, then lunch at La Soblonnerie in little Sark. Apart from the bonkers start, all good. But it rained sad so we scrapped it until next week.
What we actually did was an Occupation museum DS in his element,DD comatose,DH doing his usual reading everything then a boozy,tapas what else in Guernsey? lunch then just happened to walk past jewelers DD and I had been looking at together the other day.

DD goes " Mum these are the rings we were looking at!" -- love her--
DH "which one do you like then?"
Me shock" well I wouldn't say no to an eternity ring"wink
Next thing were inside and I'm getting an eternity ringgrin!!!!! Not only that but the lady said I need to get my bangle valued! I know Im Shallow, and lucky,and it doesn't happen to me at predictable times DH hates valentines and thinks anniversary presents are predictable, preferring to spring surprises, he proposed in our bathroom! but there you are.

Lucky you dry I'd love a nice ring (no, not an engagement ring before anyone wonders grin ) but I never see anything that really grabs me. I'm very fussy about what 'real' jewellery I will wear, don't like yellow gold and anything too big just looks naff to me

P.s One and Mig and anyone else with loads of children to buy for. I have 7 nephews and nieces all with birthdays between Nov-Jan so that's a lot of pressies to buy. Last year for Christmas I got each of them a hoodie in their fav colour with their names put on the back from my local uniform shop...easy and v popular!

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 16:32:57

Dry How lovely and not shallow because what happened today was a family event- how great that your DD remembered. Not, not shallow to be appreciated.

I like your NAP choices. They are investment but very very luxe.

One How hard that must have been for you. ASD has got to be the most misunderstood condition and I can imagine how tough that must have been and the toll it exerted upon you through no fault of you or your DS. I hope he is doing well. You did a very selfless thing, you know, admitting he needed fostering and then accepting help. Pride can get terribly in the way so good for you flowers.

I will look at NAP later tonight when DH is at down the pub. I'm not very good in crowded pubs full of real ale drinkers, clutching my Diet coke!

One I'd love to work in an up market jewellers ....or be Novice's personal rock buyer grin. I love jewellery and would love to know more about it. I'm traditional there's a surprise and wear yellow gold perhaps a French thing and particularly love princess cut diamonds and Art Deco style stuff (but don't have any)....someone has a beautiful ring on pin which I liked the other day. I like sapphires and Aquamarine...not a big ruby or emerald person get me,fussy now . I wear everything (apart from one piece) on a daily basis.

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 16:35:22

Dry like that idea. That could be developed further. I could get DD one with 'cake' on it. For my DS, 'blowing people up on the XBox' or 'Gecko' (he has 2) or 'grunt' (usual method of communication).

Mig you're so kind......we need a little "brought a tear to my eye" sign as well as champagne "celebrate"!

Or "Whatever", " it's so unfair", "chocolate "for my DD, "awesome".....

mig Ds is doing brilliantly, far better than I could ever have hope. His foster family are the most perfect family he could have hoped to have been matched with. I cannot praise them enough for all they have done and do for him. I see them as an extension to my own family and we celebrate birthdays together as one big lot so it all works very nicely.

Dry I have a fondness for opals and pink sapphires though am as yet to be lucky enough to own any. One day, one day grin

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 16:48:38

One How wonderful for you that it has worked out like that but in my experience a lot of that is down to the mother/father not just the foster family. You need to take credit for forging a relationship with them that has your son at its heart. He is lucky to have you.

Dry I love apricot Opals. I had one wrapped up in a box waiting for the perfect setting and then I bloody lost it. I also love natural pearls but lost my antique single pearl ring when the pearl fell out. I also like Tigers Eye and Amber-all those semi precious stones. Jet is cool too. The little yellow stones are cute-don't know their names but they are often Diamond cut in a classic Tiffany style.

Marc Newson did an incredible sapphire and diamond bib necklace here that i believe is priceless. This is rather lovely as is this. I like these earrings but have no pierced holes so dream on.

A good friend has an amazing pink sapphire and diamond ring.....I always notice and comment on people's jewellery, think women are always happy to talk about their stuff....I was even invited to rummage through a v affluent friend'ss jewellery box as a result once.Pocketed a few pieces wink...quite an experience.
Loved watching Liz Taylor's jewellery auction programme and the story told by a guy who was delivering some pieces to her Swiss house....she invited him into her bedroom where she had loads of pieces just chucked on the bed shock probably pissed

I never think to ask for jewellery as I'm so fussy about what I like. I also really like amber. it makes it more difficult picking for me because I don't like yellow gold. I do love silver but most people associate 'proper' jewellery with gold I find.

Foxy has pinned the most exquisite ring on her Christmas board....hope you get it.

QueenCadbury Fri 16-Aug-13 17:17:37

oneplatinum's more expensive than gold wink

foxy I spent far longer than one should do fantasy spending a grand but decided to spend it on my 40th outfit jumpsuit, sandals and bracelet . I was never very good at maths....

QueenCadbury Fri 16-Aug-13 17:18:35

Can't believe you are all talking about Christmas!

It starts early here queenC scroll back and check out the EPIC list of people I have to buy for grin

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 17:27:41

grin @ Queen's math.

Queen I have started soaking the dried fruit for my Jamaican Black fruit cake that DH eats like Mamma's milk at Christmastime.

QueenCadbury Fri 16-Aug-13 17:43:11

I saw your epic list one but it's still the middle of summer! I never think about it yet though as I have dd and ds birthdays in sept/oct.

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 18:38:25

I can recommend this[ website for drooling over the most exquisite close up photographs of both new jewellery and estate collections.

I love the Tiffany Daisy Fellowed inspired jewels and the Estate Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpals sales.

foxysocks Fri 16-Aug-13 18:46:39

aaaaarrrrrggghhhh

I am so far past the end of my tether I can't even see it anymore. the tether is a dot to me.

(random Friends ref for those who remember the 90s)

I can't believe DS chose this week, in the middle of the school hols, when DH is away and I have NO help, to stop napping.

i could cry I'm so fed up

have poured glass of chardonnay to get me through the last half hour. back later. x

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 18:49:14

Dry glad you're having a fab time. Is it Guernsey you're at? There was a gorgeous quiet little beach I went to and fell in love with. Port Salut? I think??
I'm so thrilled for you about the ring. What a lovely surprise and well done DD!! For someone I've never met I welled up as though you're my bestie!!

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 18:50:12

Hey Marsha where are you at? How's the house news?

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 18:51:36

What's (grammar slipping after early wine consumption!)

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 18:54:13

Sending hugs to Foxy and wine!

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Aug-13 19:08:17

Foxy argh I know that, ds dropped his nap soo early, completely changed the day.

I'm here Shop! I have wanted to catch up for ages, and keep thinking oh that's nice, posting this and that and then the dc get in the way. Plus catching up on the iphone is pants, I can't see anything properly.

Sleep fabulous holiday, Dry great news on ring and Liberty love the linen knit.

So I'm just doing bath etc and will be back later on to check out posts properly.

Foxy I cried when my Dd gave up nap time...it meant my afternoon siesta got canned too grin...poor you. Enjoy the wine and I hope your DH returns soon also don't underestimate the power of a kiddie DVD

Shop you're lovely. Great to be able to get excited about purchases/gifts with people who understand. My DH is quite nice really ESP when he buys me rings despite his terrible dress sense!

Off out for dinner now

Decameron Fri 16-Aug-13 19:22:21

Foxy rough about the naps especially this week. DD1 dropped hers very early but hope DD2 keeps it up. I am finding this week looooong after having help with the DDs in Ireland. DH is never home until after the girls are in bed.

Well done to your DD, Topaz.

Mig, hope you have a good break from work over the weekend.

Dry, that's lovely about the ring. I like that dress too.

One, please be nice to yourself, sorry you have had a rough time.

£1,000 at NAP (if only!), well, I am just going to copy Liberty with the coat and boots and get a babysitter with the change! I returned the neon pink J Crew sweater and am putting that towards boots/coat fund.

OK, must get my dearest daughters to bed and open wine. smile

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 19:37:39

Posted too quick.

Here is Balmain dress at £70 in the Hervia sale and my Balmain Bustier top admired by a MNVoguer is now only £42 here. That is an incredible discount and I can personally vouch for the total gorgeousness of this top. And it will not date as fairly classic in the print.

Directional Rick Owens tube dress;
Dior shades for £58,50;
Gaultier striped heavy knit top for £51;
Drop dead rose red Balmain sheath for £70,50 here that will never ever date;
Metallic gold Brogues here down from £270 to £80.
Day Birger gorgeous dress

Penelope Chilvers snake sandals
Preen dress also comes in red and would especially suit One
McQueen Tote half price;
McQueen draped evening dress. Loads more evening dresses at more than half price too on Cocosa;

Vintage YSL bag here at £299;
Westwood dress here for £249 and plenty of other designs of hers to One this'll suit your figure beautifully;
Sandal

Mimi Holliday lingerie at silly prices;
Little bit of leopard
I own this bra and it gives the best shape;
There is also Rigby & Peller on sale at Cocosa.com

Raybans at £89 here
Richard James leather man wallet here

Juicy kids woollen
Juicy PJ
Darcy Brown boys robe
Gorgeous Darcy Brown PJ set in woven gingham or stripe here. Have ordered this for friends plus these red gingham shorts. I love these little girls floral PJ's too and they are destined for one of my nieces as is this dressing gown.

And finally in this marathon post a link are these Royal Doulton champagne flutes.

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 19:42:06

Beach was called Portelet Dry. Really pretty little cottage in amongst the trees with great views out to the sea..... Heaven. Enjoy dinner x

MrsRadicchio Fri 16-Aug-13 19:49:00

Just popping in to spend my virtual £1000.

I sit firmly on the shoe side of the shoes or bags debate, so I would spend my money on

Charlotte Olympia

Jimmy Choo

LinusDKD Fri 16-Aug-13 19:52:59

It took me ages to catch-up but with the help of a lovely White Lady and my notepad I finally managed to read everything!

foxy I'm sending you a whole barrel of wine!

topaz well done to your DD!

dry can we have a piccie of your lovely eternity ring? Well done your DH!

I love jewelry too, I think it must be genetic as DM loves it too. Maybe one of the few things we have in common.

Oh, and I prefer Me&Em quality wise. I have a IO wrap dress and the jersey is a lot thinner than M&E.

liberty that Burberry coat and Acne scarf are lovely!

I would have to spend my £1000 on this navy coat

mig and one a big hug from me! You are both wonderful!

anni I love the sound of your outfit and that picture of the beach looks heavenly.

queenc that birthday outfit looks perfect!

shop glad you are home and survived the in-laws.

santa flying to France alone with the DCS? You are braver than me!
When I was little we went to Port Grimaud and I still have lovely memories of that holiday.

My DM starts Christmas shopping in January! No joke! And she continues to buy things throughout the year so come December she has everything sorted.

I do start early, but not that early. The last few years I have either been heavily pregnant or just given birth so I have avoided the Christmas rush like the plague.

Ok, my Friday Night Style Question: what has been your fashion/style eye-opener this year?

Mine has been the colour yellow. I always thought I could never wear it but with so much yellow in the shops this summer, I have managed to find a yellow (a lemonade-y yellow) that suits me.

Phew, long post. Need another White Lady to perk me up and have a loom at migs jewelry site.

LinusDKD Fri 16-Aug-13 19:53:27

Sigh, look not loom.

foxysocks Fri 16-Aug-13 19:59:50

i feel like I should apologise for my christmas pinboard! i need to be organised as my sister lives abroad, AND we have a double birthday at the start of december (DD was born on my birthday). there are seven other family birthday sept-dec.

I do need to be organised, not least to spread the cost. so yes, I have pinned a couple of bits including that gorgeous vintage ring that I will never in a million years get my hands on. but hey, a girl can dream.

dry WOWSERS what an amazing day and an amazing DH you have! would also love to see a pic.

thanks for the hugs and wine everyone. am so relived to be this near the end. I have done brilliantly, if I do say so myself <pats on back all round>

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Aug-13 19:59:57

Linus that coat is lovely.

I think I'll go with the Burberry I linked earlier, just because it looks so soft and luxurious.

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Aug-13 20:03:38

You have Foxy you did it! I practically threw the dc at dh when he walked in tonight, so big round of applause.

MarshaBrady Fri 16-Aug-13 20:09:46

The model in front of the panelled wall on NaP is new, not sure if better!

I might throw in this Lagerfeld silk top too as had some change.

stalked123 Fri 16-Aug-13 20:24:09

Hello everyone. I've lurked on S and B for a few weeks after finding it whilst googling my next big bag purchase and thought I would delurk and ask if anyone can join in?

I'd get this jacket (and be stumping up some cash myself!)

stalked of course they can! I'm saving for a bag at the moment - what are you thinking of?

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 20:36:55

Hey stalked123 welcome. All welcome. Next big bag purchase? What are you thinking? Lots of links please smile

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 20:37:55

That's gorgeous Amber

pickledsiblings Fri 16-Aug-13 20:43:31

Trust you to go over budget Amber smile Love the virtual spending, I do a lot of that, curiously satisfying. That Largerfield silk top is lush Marsha. Apologies but have only read the last few posts. It's great to see you all flying the S&B flag, I'll pop back when I have more time although I doubt I'll ever catch up smile

stalked123 Fri 16-Aug-13 20:55:50

Thanks for the welcome. My most recent bag purchase was a tan Sophie Hulme tote. It's great for lugging all my work stuff in but really big! I could do with a smaller one that is less heavy but that will still fit my laptop in. I commute into the City for work. I'm going into Selfridges tomorrow to see if a Chloe Paraty will fit my laptop. I'm also lusting after a grey Rebecca Minkoff mac clutch. I'm completely new to Mumsnet so will try and find the link instructions.

QueenCadbury Fri 16-Aug-13 20:57:09

Quick catch up. I'm meant to be tidying whilst dh attaches the bikes to the car.

dry how exciting for you. What a lovely surprise.

foxy well done you. You deserve the wine!

stalked welcome, if course you can join. What sort of bag are you after?

linus my eye opener has definitely been getting my colours done and realising how much better I look in colour rather than just grey/black/ navy which is pretty much what I wore before. Also the lipstick-if I put a natural looking one on now I look half dead compared to wearing fushisa (although still not brave enough for red!).

Packing done and i've realised how tops I own as my wardrobe is now virtually bare (either that or I've packed too much!). I really should make a start on the book for my book group whilst I'm away although I'm sure I'll end up on here instead grin.

LinusDKD Fri 16-Aug-13 20:57:13

foxy I might start a Christmas pin board as well. I have an idea of what to buy DM, the most difficult person in the universe to buy for.

marsha lovely Burberry coat! Unfortunately I can't do camel but I love camel coats. sad

stalked welcome! Please show us some bag porn!

mig that jewelry blog is drooltastic! I just love vintage jewelry, the designs and craftsmanship are unique.

QueenCadbury Fri 16-Aug-13 20:57:42

That should say, how few tops I own.

shopafrolic Fri 16-Aug-13 21:01:20

Linus my eye opener is that I actually have a quite decent pair of legs and should show them off more. Because frankly, I need to detract attention from my wobbly belly!!!
Also, orange suits me - who knew? And, cashmere is easier to look after than I thought.

libertychick Fri 16-Aug-13 21:34:43

Marsha that silk blouse is so lovely - another item for my wish list!!

Linus good question! My eye opener has been jersey jackets and comfortable good quality fabrics in general. A standard work outfit for me now is the Whistles lena jacket with Me&Em ankle skimmer trousers or ruched skirt. I sit at work or in meetings feeling as comfortable as if I was in my trackies but I look smart - genius!

Welcome stalked smile

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 21:38:27

Hi there Stalked welcome and I like the cut of your bag gib. Sophie Hulme is quite a fashion insider choice as they are very sleek, are discreet regarding labelling and logo's and look very cool. I await with breath abated, the news of your bag safari.

To link you can do one of two things- link from Pinterest.com or from the webpage. Simply highlight the address at the top of the web page by clicking on it then right click and scroll down to 'copy. Then paste onto the message box and follow MN instructions. Hope I haven't told you the obvious.

To do the 'here thing' you need to type in [[ then paste the link here followed by a space then the word 'here' or whatever other word you want to describe link with then add ]]. No space before the ]].

Hope that isn't as clear as mud.

Am off to spend my £1000 now.

As for Linus's question, I'm not sure but one I recall from other years has been the discovery that strapless suits me when I thought it did not. Actually I have got really into clutch bags this last year and they make me feel really cool and sophisticated (bit silly I know)...Linus that coat is to die for as is Marsha's gorgeous Lagerfeld top. Amber There is some Rick Ownes on sale on Hervia including a gorgeous dress and a jacket.

I have just moved all my frillies onto a lingerie board. Pin is playing up again.

My ring looks a lot like this channel set.princess cut eternity get me

Welcome stalked do stay,it's lovely here, no nastiness and about a lot more than fashion.
Hello pickled too.
Amber you're just too cool....I'm passed it, but never feel that way here.
Foxy you ok?

Mig look what you've done drool at first I thought it was a bargain at £895!!!! too much Chablis

Topazandpearl Fri 16-Aug-13 22:04:34

Thanks again for the coat suggestions and all the congratulations for DD.  I showed her the links today and she is very grateful.

Mig's suggestions:

Quilted - nice, but she would like longer
Hooded - very nice, a possibility
Lavenham - she doesn't like this style
Belted - would like longer

Liberty's suggestions:

Gil Bret - she's not keen (suspect she really wants a Barbour!)
Clements - not keen on colour, and as above
Barbour - would be my favourite, she likes it in olive
Linea  - not Barbour!

Queen's suggestions:

North Face - lovely, but £££. (also not Barbour-DD)

I think we are narrowing it down to Barbour, waxed in an olive colour. I haven't yet told her that I will pay for it (she has an allowance which covers clothing and a part time job so is prepared to splash out). That will be a surprise! I am realistic (I know teenage girls), if she doesn't love it, she won't wear it. I am also conscious that -soppy alert- by buying her a warm coat, I am symbolically trying to 'wrap her up' and keep her warm (and safe). And I know she will value it, if she loves it, the CPW will come right down!

Dry no experience of Baukjen, but it looks like the skirt is less ruched (so I'd prefer the Me&Em as it is more forgiving). And well done to your DH!! That ring is gorgeous!

Liberty our recent holiday was in the west of Ireland, plenty of views like Anni's.

Welcome back * Shop*, glad it went well.

One and Mig well done on getting started for Christmas. Every year I vow I'll be different but never am. One I agree with Mig, I have worked with young people with ASD and know how hard it can be. It will have taken courage to make the decisions which were undoubtably right for your DS ( you have had it tough).

Foxy you have my sympathies! I still remember my utter despair when DS stopped napping. I was 6 months pregnant with DD and so determined I would get him to sleep that I exhausted myself walking him for miles in his buggy (it didn't work). DD never napped, but that is another story, she makes up fornit now!

Welcome stalked.

I haven't done the £1000 challenge, maybe tomorrow, but this post is already epic!

Oh shit! Just picked up a text . Couldn't understand a word....about roof repairs and all being on schedule from someone with a name same as 3 friends of mine....replied "?"......response " it's from your boss about building repairs "...,,drat ....but my return to work is 3/4 weeks away why do I care? Shiiiiitttttttt!

libertychick Fri 16-Aug-13 22:28:00

Dry it definitely sounds like a text that isn't meant for you! And congrats on the eternity ring <makes mental note to start talking about rings with DD>

Topaz I got all teary again when you said you wanted to wrap her up!! The olive Barbour would be perfect and would last the 3/4 years and beyond. You sound like an absolutely lovely (and wise) Mum!

Great links mig - I've enjoyed following all your pins tonight smile

One I haven't responded before now as I didn't know what to say - what a brave decision you made. I have a colleague who had to do likewise - she has an autistic son and several other children - it came down to a decision between foster care for him or the others being neglected...tough, tough call - thinking about you tonight.

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 22:28:14

Here is my spend on either of these two outfits which would be my winter party outfits-

Either this Acne dress with these Sophia Webster sandals or these Miu Miu pumps.

Or this party dress with these Jimmy choo heels and this bag by McQueen which would also go with outfit one above.

With the £250-300 left over I would buy this Miu Miu clutch but not sure whether it would go with outfit one. Another bag I like is this and I'd have enough change to buy it I think to use for day wear.

Or I could go mad with this coat at £1500 and go round with a begging bowl stealing asking for your spare change. I cannot say just how much I have fell in love with this coat. I love it, love it, love it.

libertychick Fri 16-Aug-13 22:31:33

Great outfits Mig That Miu Miu coat is amazing!!

Remind me, on the nasty bag thread, was there a poster called missbopeep saying that spending on bags was mad? Because she's just said, on a groomed thread, that wearing "simple pearls" or " a diamond solitaire pendant" is chic ( agree) but how is it ok, to spend on those items and not on a bag? Or should I just get over the nasty bag thread....still think they were vile to Novice and amber.
I could be wrong and apologise to bopeep if I am.

noviceoftheday Fri 16-Aug-13 22:48:48

Hello everyone! I can barely move as have eaten so much! thanks to Topaz's DD, for One (you sound lovely), Shop for surviving the in laws, Mig for bad day, Foxy for the dropped nap and Dry for the ring!

Now, if you're going to chat bling, can you sound the klaxon a bit louder so I drop rl and come hurrying on here!grinI need to start laying the crumbs for dh for Xmas you know!wink

Ps Dry, oh the bag thread was totally full of very odd people. Ignore, ignore! I have a Tiffany's diamond solitaire so maybe I should pop over and say hellowink

libertychick Fri 16-Aug-13 22:52:26

Let it go Dry {smile] <whispers yes, it was her!!!>. I don't take anything people say on MN too seriously - people adopt contradictory views all the time!

Now I have drunk quite a lot of wine so am debating some toast before bed....hmmmmm toast.....

libertychick Fri 16-Aug-13 22:55:25

Toast on!!! M&S fruit bread blush

<Waves to Novice> you haven't been here much - busy week?

noviceoftheday Fri 16-Aug-13 22:56:51

Ooh meant to say, I wore the new pink lk bennett ariella with the Atwoods this evening. Met dh st the restaurant and when he saw the shoes he had a grin from ear to ear. Bless. grin The dress (even slightly loose) was so worth £60 (from £185)!

You are right liberty .hate double standards...like people constant and easy to read, I'm a simple soul!grin with expensive taste
novice we need a code word to alert you!
Off to bed....just keeping my ring on, just for tonight.

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 23:01:44

Dry That was why I went piling over to that thread in the manner of a thug older sister. You just know that half the time people say stuff just to wind others up.

Of course a diamond is so much more useful in every day life than a leather tote or shoulder bag...

Waves at Novice. I posted a link to an amazing jewel blog/site earlier up thread. You might already know it but it has loads of estate jewels and iconic jewel art from the great European houses including JAR. If you would liked to cast a critical eye over my jewel board and see what you (and anybody else) thinks.

Liberty I wish I hadn't seen that coat because it truly is the coat i have wanted all my adult life. I have an Indigo cotton denim kilt skirt from TopShop that I customised with silver gilt pins all the way up the fold over. It looks very designer but is not, really heavy quality fabric with knife pleats and asymmetry to the skirt. The coat reminds me of it. I cannot afford to drop that £££ on a coat. Please let it be on sale at half price!

noviceoftheday Fri 16-Aug-13 23:04:37

That sounds lovely Liberty! Love fruit bread.smile Lack of mumsnet action is because i got sick about a week ago and I have just been trying to make it through each day. I was worried my bronchitis was back, but am much better today. My autumn looks awful (I am travelling a lot) so i need to be healthy.

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 23:07:12

Dry Just saw the ring links. Your ring looks lovely, very luxe.

Topaz I'll keep hunting the Barbour and take your DD's critique of my choices on board wink. When you mentioned the coat i thought how symbolic it was.

Wishing you all a good nights sleep (Dry with her adorned finger) and will speak with you all anon. xx

mignonette Fri 16-Aug-13 23:08:33

Novice - you must put yourself on a programme of TLC. Feel better soon xx

libertychick Fri 16-Aug-13 23:22:03

Hope you get some rest this weekend Novice. Night all, toast was delicious!

QueenCadbury Sat 17-Aug-13 07:53:42

I've been giggling eating my breakfast reading last nights offerings.

liberty fruit toast sounds lush

novice look after yourself

foxy is dh back yet?

dry gorgeous ring. Do let the bag thread go. But maybe we should start a thread on how much to spend on jewellery wink

mig that cost is not to my taste at all but I can see why you love it. Will keep everything crossed that it gets reduced. Thanks for your pm. Haven't had chance to reply.

one just wanted to say hello smile

Off to Cornwall. Have 3 very excited dc!

noviceoftheday Sat 17-Aug-13 08:25:05

Thanks Mig, Liberty and QueenC xxx

QueenC can you imagine everyone everyone piling in on me on a jewelry thread?grin I would give it to 50 posts before someone said "won't you think of the starving children of Africa"wink

MrsRadicchio Sat 17-Aug-13 09:13:56

Hi all

Foxy is your DH back today? Well done for surviving the week intact! DS1 dropped his nap pretty early too, it does make for a long day - but on the other hand I hate having to be ruled by being back home for a nap. Gives you more freedom now!

Novice sorry to hear you have not been well, it's hard to get back to full health when you are so busy and have so many commitments - take care of yourself.

Dry lovely ring and well done to your DD and DH. Would love some jewellery from DH but he is not good at that sort of thing!

Shop glad you survived the trip. I haven't been to Norwich for ages but really like it as a city.

QueenC enjoy your trip to Cornwall. How did the packing go?

Mig sorry to hear you are not feeling it re work. The problem with the caring professions seems to be all the extra 'non-caring' stuff that goes with it, paperwork etc. You sound very skilled and experienced from your posts. Love the coat you chose.

Liberty I love that fruit bread from MnS! Does Me+Em still have the trousers you mention? They sound really good. Also, I forgot to mention - that was a great reaction from your DH to the Goldsigns! Really pleased.

Topaz I have this barbour jacket which I love - love the Liberty lining. Is that the kind of thing your DD wants, a Beadnell? I seem to have missed the original links.

Hello to everyone I've missed.

Good question Linus, I think my revelation this year has been to buy clothes for the life I am in, stuff I wear day to day at home. I like Liberty's apporach of looking smart but comfy.

shopafrolic Sat 17-Aug-13 09:27:10

Morning all!
QueenC have a wonderful time - I love Cornwall - just not the drive there......
One flowers I'm not good with words in these instances
Novice when I worked I used to get terribly ill once a year for up to 3 weeks with sinusitis. It hasn't come back since I became a SAHM hmm - since quitting isn't an option for you grin I prescribe lots of Vitamins and Selenium. Keep well xx
Foxy hope you're doing okay
Dry love the ring - not surprised you slept in it!
Catching up on washing today. And then a BBQ at friends this afternoon - Me&em maxi I think as the weather looks iffy.

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 09:37:11

Queen Happy holidays and safe travel. My friend departed today for Polperro so if you see a slender dark haired yoga bodied Austrian wandering about Helligan/Eden, give her a nudge from me. I love to think of excited children embarking on their holidays. My son was sick with excitement and nerves before his first foreign holiday without his parents. And he had worked so hard to save up.

MrsR Thank you for your kind words. I think I have been on leave for too long and need to 'suck it up' and get on with it. Have to write some material for my young persons mental health group this weekend -basically if you are going to smoke Cannabis, here are my recommendations for keeping as well as possible shock. I have a hard core of young 'customers' who will not stop smoking it and it is playing havoc with their MH.

Novice Was so tempted to wade in to ask her how much her diamond necklace etc cost but will refrain from feeding the animals grin. Buying stuff is wealth creating. The less £££ that circulates in the economy, the worse off the working person will be. All those working in the retail, manufacturing and distribution industries, where would their jobs be? Socking it away in bank accounts/off shore doesn't keep the economy bouyant. Or am I talking naive economic rubbish?

Anyway that jewellery on the site I pinned is art. They are crafted with the most unbelievable skills hard won over time. Owning it is no different to owning a sculpture or painting. And humankind creates art no matter how poor their life is. The price of these things can get out of control but acquisition by collectors and acquisition by those that truly love them may be two different things. It is the collector who pushes up the price because they need their collection to appreciate. Not that I am telling anything anybody on this board doesn't already know smile.

Today I am wearing A LA Fire Department navy T shirt and a pair of my new Stella knickers in black. Having a lazy start watching re runs of Mo Farah winning. He has the most beautiful eyes.

Have a lovely time QueenC, have fantastic memories of many great holidays spent in beautiful Cornwall.

noviceoftheday Sat 17-Aug-13 11:32:36

I have to share, I am soooo excited. The house I have loved from afar for 6 years has just come on the market. I am willing to give up this years bling for this house! Dh says he likes it! Now trying to work out how to get it without having to put our house on market first.

It's meant to be Novice..........
Am having a couple of hours to myself while rest of the family don wet suits (yikes) and jump off cliffs and explore caves;"coasteering", bit extreme for me. Working on my autumn wish list .

Biker boots?have I missed the boat or are they still in this winter?

Amber your gold Gigis look fab......the most versatile sandals ever!!

shopafrolic Sat 17-Aug-13 12:31:26

They're in every winter Dry

noviceoftheday Sat 17-Aug-13 12:55:28

Dry, I just got an email from jimmy Choo saying the biker look is definitely in this winter. Very timely smile

Oh I luffs "my" house so much!

shopafrolic Sat 17-Aug-13 13:04:17

Fingers crossed for you Novice - very exciting!

foxysocks Sat 17-Aug-13 13:21:17

hello all smile

he's not back until this evening. another rant - he has started being REALLY vague about the times he leaves and gets home. I threw money at the problem and took DC out for brunch this morning. have also written massive list of household jobs I need him to do/input on and left it in his study. HA.

I hope biker boot are in, i am about to buy some grin. the choo bikers are almost all gone on NaP which suggest they are in high demand as it's barely the middle of august!

foxysocks Sat 17-Aug-13 13:28:37

I really love this VW skirt

Lovely skirt Foxy.
What do you wear on your feet with skirts ...anyone? I got these last year, are they a bit meh or just work appropriate? Biker boots? Pistols I guess. Tried these but not sure.

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 14:10:01

Novice Hope you get your house. It is meant to be...

Dry The riding style boots are more classic, the second funkier. I wear all sorts with mine. I think the longer length skirts about this year look good with fairly' ladylike' shoes-classic stiletto's, block heel pumps, high heeled pumps. Brogues look good too especially if you wear interesting tights in different knits and colours. I would wear the higher leg boots with a jewel colour tight and an A line on the knee skirt or shorter. I wouldn't wear them with a longer skirt. Longer skirts can look good with shoe boots. Thigh boots are very fashionable this Winter-UK Vogue has an article on them (Sarah Harris writes it). I am a bit meh about thigh boots on me-very hard to avoid the hooker look IRL.

I have worn Biker boots with all kinds of skirts. They especially look good with chunky tweedy Winter skirts and bright/deep tights.

I like these
Mig thanks for the advice. I sometimes find there's a fine line between frumpy/classic and fashionable/ fashion victim. For work I need flats really sad perhaps a small block heel shoe. I work with women who are probably only 6/7 yrs older than me but dress a lot older.
I read somewhere that you should always have a bit of leg (aye up!) showing between the hem of your skirt and the top of your boot other wise it all looks a bit Per Una shock
I'm trying to get into a lot more colour blocking this autumn and a lot less black.

Oh and thigh boots make me look as if I'm auditioning for the panto!grin

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 14:52:59

I like block heels and those pumps with a pointed toe and block heels- the Belle De Jour pumps by Roger Vivier look great worn with a good pair of tights and knee length or shorter skirt.

Yes I like that flash of leg which is where the bright woolly tights come in. That flash of burgundy, forest green, ochre yellow, purple cream, pink, even patterned keeps the youth in the look. I love, really love woolly tights and cannot wait to get back into them. I have so many different colours and styles including some multi grey striped ones by Elle.

God yes, all that Pantomime thigh slapping-Very Puss In Boots.

foxy I LOVE that skirt, I love tartan anyway but couple with VW, it sends me into a drool frenzy grin

I have a pair of flat black leather OTK boots which I like to wear with a black leather midi skirt and a white shirt. Sort of Miss Whiplash meets Librarian.

foxysocks Sat 17-Aug-13 15:08:36

I have some really old miu miu OTK boots but the heel is a bit high for me. they've only been worn a couple of times but maybe i'll try again this AW. they were a bargain in the NaP sale about seven years ago, but not so much of a bargain sitting in my wardrobe....

i can't spend £200 on a skirt. will hold off and hope it appears on the outnet or yoox.

MarshaBrady Sat 17-Aug-13 15:17:10

I can't do OTK boots. Love the VW skirt.

MarshaBrady Sat 17-Aug-13 15:21:19

Dry I wear ballet flats usually. I prefer the lace up ones you linked. I'd also do ankle boot but more dicker style than pistol.

Linus the thing I've realised is that it's ok to get rid of stuff, it can feel good just to get rid of stuff.

Novice exciting!

foxysocks Sat 17-Aug-13 15:21:42

I wonder what I'd get for the boots if I sold them. have only worn about twice. I was not as shopping savvy back then.

MarshaBrady Sat 17-Aug-13 15:24:59

I should also say I think they can look great on some, but not me.

Foxy could be good, especially if you put from Net a Porter.

MarshaBrady Sat 17-Aug-13 15:25:52

You never know they might fund the VW skirt, well get closer anyway...

MarshaBrady Sat 17-Aug-13 15:30:44

Liberty the silk Lagerfeld is on my list too now. It's dangerous sometimes doing an imaginary shop, people saying ooh nice, it turns into a real shop grin.

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 15:37:47

Foxy What size are your boots? Do you have a picture? They will sell well with the NAP origin.

Am still mooning over that Miu Miu coat. I have lost my heart to it but there is no way on earth I will pay that even with some of DH's tax rebate grin....I doubt it'll be on sale as I suspect it is very popular.

noviceoftheday Sat 17-Aug-13 15:38:00

The puss in boots comment made me snort.grin

I saw my couple crush today. Just the woman. So stylish. Simple black vest top and skinnies. Sigh.

So, I am supposed to be resting but have secretly been upstairs crunching numbers on the house.blush

foxysocks Sat 17-Aug-13 15:42:19

they are a 5/38, mig. I will try to find a pic or take one later for my pinboard.

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 15:44:37

Too small for me sadlysad. Still good to see them though.

Get some rest Novice...

noviceoftheday Sat 17-Aug-13 15:56:24

I know! I know! blush By the way has anyone seen anything like this?

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 16:00:48

Will get looking. I remember these collars were popular around 2005 so they must have cycled back again. Fashion ever decreasing circles.

libertychick Sat 17-Aug-13 16:01:31

MrsR these are the Me&Em trousers. They don't seem to go on sale. They bag at the knees after 2 wears but wash really well so it doesn't bother me. They really are as comfortable as trackpants! I almost smirk when I am wearing them at work smile

Have just dyed my 'mistake' off white Iris and Ink silk top 'flamingo pink' - it's looking good flapping around on the clothes line.

DD still naps thankfully - often too well - she likes her bed - off now for the thankless job of waking her up.

libertychick Sat 17-Aug-13 16:01:57

Oh and fingers crossed for the house novice - exciting!

libertychick Sat 17-Aug-13 16:27:23

So waking up DD

Me: come on DD, get up, you can watch Peppa
DD (2.7 with eyes tightly closed and curled in a ball in corner of cot) Go away Mummy, I'm very busy
Me: What are you busy doing DD?
DD: I'm busy keeping blankie warm....

15 mins later she deigns to rise....

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 16:27:26

Novice How about This? It says out of stock but maybe they could ring around stores?

Or any of these-

Macy

Here

Here

I love this Marant;

Burberry

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 16:28:58

Liberty Oh I do miss those early years....

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 16:29:43

Liberty Awakening The smelly grunting heap that is a 19 year old son is not so lovable...

MarshaBrady Sat 17-Aug-13 16:37:48

Liberty that is so cute. I love it when ds2 says he's busy. Usually doing something so simple, like tying string on a handle or something.

Mig love that Burberry Brit (of course!).

libertychick Sat 17-Aug-13 16:38:41

Oh Mig I love it - I'd love to bottle her age 2 gorgeousness!! I have 4 younger brothers and a teenage sister so I know what the teenage years are like grin

Great coat hunting!

libertychick Sat 17-Aug-13 16:42:49

It's great isn't it Marsha. 'Busy' is a favourite of DD's ATM - usually ordering her teddies about or rolling out playdough. And when she comes and says she needs help because something like trying to get her shorts on is 'very hard work'....so, so cute.

foxy a 5 is almost always the first shoe size to sell out, I know from hunting for them. I have to be quick off the mark to get anything remotely nice in that size. Hopefully they will sell well for you and you can put the money towards something really great

noviceoftheday Sat 17-Aug-13 17:05:58

Oh Mig, my favourite is the first one but its out of stock!thanks

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 17:20:02

I saw that Novice but wondered if they could source it in a store or alert you when it has been restocked.

I sometimes borrow my friends 3 year old to get my fix of toddler Liberty. She announced last time I had her that she was rushed off my feet' when she fell over. Think she hadn't quite grasped the meaning of that phrase but I preferred her usage said between big gulping sobs....

Hi everyone

Novice, I saw these and thought of you. Plenty similar on the Gianvito Rossi website that would look fab on you too wink. exciting about the house-good luck!

Shop did you check out the chunky knit on p59 of Red?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sat 17-Aug-13 18:15:52

sleep I went one better than just looking at p59, I went on the Longchamp website last night - the siren call was too loud to resist. Put it in my basket, went to checkout...."this item has sold out, your basket is empty".

Waaaaah!

Topazandpearl Sat 17-Aug-13 18:40:19

Hi everyone, I am catching up on today's posts. Thank you mrsR, I like that suggestion but DD's current favourite is Kelsall Barbour. She will try to see it in the flesh this week when out with friends. We cannot go together until the weekend after next. It is classed as medium weight, which might be better for layering under if she sizes up. She is quite excited about it - bodes well for it actually being worn!
Fingers crossed for the house Novice!

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 18:50:31

Topaz

My StepD starts her Midwifery course soon and is moving to London (currently lives in the countryside with her M) and is excitedly buying up half of all the shops. We have bought her cutlery, towels, food processor, all her first year textbooks and a subscription to some journals. She is the messiest creature you could ever wish to meet so god help her housemates.

Exciting times.

QueenCadbury Sat 17-Aug-13 19:38:07

Evening all from wet Cornwall! Our lodge is amazing and we've had champagne in the hot tub (with dc but I'm sure later in the week we will use it without them wink). Now just vegging on the v comfy sofa in my towelling robe! Apparently we are getting a heat wave next week. Fingers crossed!

mignonette Sat 17-Aug-13 19:44:51

Queen yes my friend is expecting hot weather in the SW next week and she's the kind of woman that even Mother Nature wold baulk at defying....

. You do sound chilled. Glad to hear that in your 'voice'. Are the kids blown away by the hot tub?

Way to go QueenC will you be wearing your Bikini without children???grin wink
Yes...HEAT WAVE due.....legs out ladies !

LinusDKD Sat 17-Aug-13 20:10:54

Wow, it's been hot here today!

As DS is obsessed with tractors we went to the annual tractor pulling event which takes place in the fields behind our house. DS loved it, I felt just a tiny bit overdressed in my teal M&E grecian dress and havs.

dry that ring is gorgeous! And I have just taken the plunge and got some biker boots and I can't wait for the weather to change so I can start wearing them. I wore them once, on the long car journey home from holiday and I love them. Even DH who hated them in the shop liked the way they looked when I wore them with skinny jeans, DKNY cozy and my MBMJ polka dot scarf.

mig I adore that Miu Miu coat! I really hope you can get it in the sales!

Looking at that website you linked to yesterday reminded me of a book DM used to have about the jewelry of the Duchess of Windsor and I used to love looking at the beautiful pictures when I was a child.

novice it must be fate that your dream house has come on the market. Fingers crossed! I have houses I lust after in about every country/town I've lived in. My current one is a beauty on the shores of Lake Geneva, but I'll have to win the lottery to be able to afford that one. wink

liberty I have waited for ages for those M&E trousers to be on sale, but no luck. I think I might have to pay FP for them because they look super stylish and comfy.

Oh, and your DD sounds so sweet! My DS is a super grump when he wakes up from his naps. Takes after DH!

Noooooo, not another heatwave! My legs aren't fit to be seen [wails] I am whiter than white still despite all the sun we had earlier this year, I just don't tan. Ever.

shopafrolic Sat 17-Aug-13 20:25:51

sleep I don't get Red. Any more details so I can Google? Intrigued now.

Burst into tears at my friend's BBQ and I wasn't even pissed! They just asked me how I was!

shopafrolic Sat 17-Aug-13 20:28:28

My DS woke up from his nap today and has an epic tantrum, ran off straight onto the door and cracked his head. He then got kicked in the head playing football at the BBQ - probably explains my stress levels!

LinusDKD Sat 17-Aug-13 20:31:03

one I forgot to say that I quickly popped into Zara today to buy some stuff for DD and I had a quick look to see if I could find that floral pencil skirt.

I couldn't find it but they did have girl's trousers in what looked like the same print and I was pretty impressed with it. The fabric was 97% cotton and 3% elasthane so hopefully the women's skirt will be as well.

I was very dissapointed with nearly everything else. Lovely designs, but most were made of polyester and looked badly finished close-up.

Oh, and I hardly tan either. My face, decolleté, back and arms have a bit of colour but my legs stay as milky white as ever. They don't even burn, whereas the rest of my body and face do.

MarshaBrady Sat 17-Aug-13 20:32:11

Aww Shop that probably does explain it, are you ok? Is your ds ok?

shopafrolic Sat 17-Aug-13 20:35:07

Think so. DS has a fat lip and bruising all round his cheek and eye. One of the uncles was playing football with the boys, DS wanted to get involved, uncle didn't see him - compete accident but foot into face, DS hit the deck.......

Interesting chat about skirts and footwear, I'm never sure. Which is why most years I live in trousers. Something I want to change this year.

LinusDKD Sat 17-Aug-13 20:35:18

Poor shop! I know how you feel, DS sometimes takes a whole hour to get over his grumpyness after a nap.

DD is the opposite, when I wake her up in the morning or from a nap (or when she's already awake) she has the biggest smile possible for me.

Maybe it's a boy thing? I do sometimes give DS a couple of sweets when he's extra grumpy after his nap and that does seem to help a little.

Have a wine and a hug!

Will try and get into the nearest Zara linus Not sure how much of it will fit though as it doesn't seem especially cut for....curvy ladies, not if the models are anything to go by at least!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sat 17-Aug-13 20:42:18

Oooh, looking forward to a heat wave! My tan (the only good thing to come out of my disastrous Portugese holiday) has been fading rapidly - I need to get it out again before it goes completely.

Oh shop, hope DS is ok. What is it about children and summertime accidents? Almost every injury my DDs have sustained have happened during summer holidays.

The chunky knit in Red is on Longchamp's website, although annoyingly they haven't named the knitwear and I'm on iPhone, so can't link. It's a thigh length cardigan in a chunky olive green. Truly lush.

Oh no Shop poor you. Sounds like your cork popped so to speak. People earnestly asking how you are is often a toughie. Have a brew and a chocolate digestive and a virtual hug from yours truly. DS will be fine....you need sleep, you time ( pref retail or spa based) and DS to go to pre school. Does he go in Sept? The sun will be out tomorrow....get your bandeau top on,legs out, panama on you'll feel much better smile

shopafrolic Sat 17-Aug-13 20:47:46

Thanks all. And yes Dry if people didn't ask me how I am I'd probably never cry grin. He's back to preschool in Sept - I'm counting the days, he misses it.
NEED to find a pic of that jumper........