MN Vogue - Vol 19

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shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 17:50:04

All welcome to talk style, beauty, fashion etc. Continuing on from here

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 21:02:38

Anyone joining me ce soir?

libertychick Fri 23-Aug-13 21:03:32

Foxy really hope you feel better soon.

Sounds like the 12th MU will be fab!

libertychick Fri 23-Aug-13 21:03:55

Hi Shop smile

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 21:04:56

Hey Liberty! You'll be pleased to hear I'm starting an internal debate about selling my black Mulberry. But........ It could take years!

QueenCadbury Fri 23-Aug-13 21:05:37

I am although yet again I've been at the white wine grin.

I've started yet another pin board to try and entice myself out of navy/black/grey. So this boards purely for my best colours of greens/blues/purples with a bit of pink/red thrown in.

QueenCadbury Fri 23-Aug-13 21:09:47

Hey shop any black accessories should be thrown my way grin.

Seriously though, I was thinking about the whole black thing for you earlier and ultimately it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks but how you feel in black. I can wear it although it's not one of my best so put me in it during the day I need something bright to contrast. However put me in it for evening wear with a bit of makeup and I feel sophistication personified. If you think it looks ok the that confidence will shine through smile

Bonsoir tout le monde et surtout mon ami Magasin

libertychick Fri 23-Aug-13 21:11:28

Great board QueenC.

That's fine Shop. Will take me years to save for it....smile

I have had another crap PMT week...shattered now.

LinusDKD Fri 23-Aug-13 21:12:13

I love your boards queenc!

This summer I have really tried to put more colour in my wardrobe and I would like to do the same for winter, but so far what I've seen in the shops is the usual greys, blacks, winter whites etc.

I would really like to see some lovely jewel colours but so far no luck. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places?

LinusDKD Fri 23-Aug-13 21:13:04

Pardon dry?

Oh QueenC I love the board. Colour bonds I love, and am going try, are:

Red and pink
Cobalt blue and green
Red and purple
Read and orange
Any other colours for cobalt blue?

I really do need that red skirt!!!

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 21:18:06

J'adore ton accent Francais Sec
I think you're fit QueenC I may keep some evening bits and get rid of the rest. The thing is, I always used to think it was good on me. Now I've had my colours done I'm not so sure. But all this styles I like - are predominantly black - think leather trousers or pencil skirt, chunky knit etc......
Feel better Liberty. DH and I were just discussing how I never experienced PMT until post DS. Now I turn into bitch troll from hell. DH says he'll thanks DS for that on his wedding day grin

PMT really sucks liberty, hope you feel better soon. I've got it myself right now, my stomach is so bloated and tender and I feel like just growling at everyone and hiding in a cupboard. Mine is totally out of whack atm, some months I get nothing and then others I'm unbearable

LinusDKD Fri 23-Aug-13 21:35:07

dry the Euro has dropped, finally...

DH is watching his second episode of Game of Thrones of the night, he's getting quite addicted.

libertychick Fri 23-Aug-13 21:37:03

No physical symptoms at all - just feel miserable. Oh well.....

Got this skirt today based on recommendation from Remus on another thread. Haven't tried on yet.

Now - I will be in central London tomorrow...changed previous plans to meet a friend who is over from Ireland. Can someone pm me the location of the MU so I can work out if I can swing by for half an hour? smile

grin Shop Sec is fantastic........could name change to DameSecSauternes sounds great and have always wanted a title that's a story for MU wink

I'm scared of colour analysis, used to drive me mad when customers came Into my shop with their little swatch cards and leave immediately if there wasn't anything in exactly their colour. It's too restrictive for me (although I think they are right)...I know what suits me, and would be interested to see if I'm right, but occasionally I want to wear a crazy non me colour ( pink, red) .
I'm sure if you have been told you can't wear black it really means black near your face doesn't it? Although I have to say I think an outfit using brown/beige tones as a base is so classy and chic and not so harsh as black.

Linus you know GofT is totally addictive (vv rude!)....I became hooked on the how, DS on the books and show and now DH has started the books......poor DD just doesn't get it (thank God!)

MaryTheOwl Fri 23-Aug-13 21:50:26

Hello all,

New lurker just checking in to thank you for a bit of inspiration!

I was a frump at 21(wearing stuff too old fashioned for my own mother) and very heavy. Ten years later, and four stone lighter, I found this board whilst looking for a bit of style input on t'internet.

I've been reading these threads for a while now and I've recently bought a couple of things influenced by the idea of quality first. Both at dress agency as no money but...

I bought a beautiful tan leather tote (never used before I got it) because I thought it would go with everything. And a lovely quality thick jersey pencil skirt in grey. Which turned out to be 100% wool and beautifully cut. Inspired by both Remus and Amber with her beautiful skirts.

I will always have 'questionable' and adventurous taste as I love bright colours and a bit of clashing. Though I do tell myself that it works if the clothes are good quality. Well, I try. But I'm grateful for the non-frumpy links to peruse and the many terrific ideas. Thanks stylish people!

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 21:51:13

Ooh Liberty - good news, I've PM'd
X

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 21:53:58

Hello MaryTheOwl stick around - if you've lurked for a long time you'll know we're a friendly bunch. I love the sound of your purchases, and of clashing colours. What type of combinations? We're always looking for inspiration smile

MarshaBrady Fri 23-Aug-13 21:57:15

Here you are smile.

Shop great news!

Liberty fab! See you tomorrow.

Novice congratulations on the super house.

Amber ah next one perhaps.

Had a lovely day with dh in the sunshine, had decaf espresso as have been waking lots. Dh was hmm at the point of decaf double espresso, he has a point but have to get something and it still tasted very good.

On colours, I think I'd be upset if some were off limits am sure I get it wrong sometimes.

MarshaBrady Fri 23-Aug-13 21:57:50

Hi Mary welcome!

MarshaBrady Fri 23-Aug-13 21:58:48

Also do you have links to your bag and skirt? They sound lovely.

mignonette Fri 23-Aug-13 21:58:53

Foxy

How awful. Get some Ibu into you and a soak in a hot bath-all the usual. The most important anti imflammatory pill to get into you is the last dose before bed. That way you won't be as stiff in the morning. flowers to you.

I've started a check/tartan/plaid board if anyone wants to critique it here. Queen I like your new board.

I was wondering if there is anybody like me who would like some suggestions as to Christmas gifts later on in the year for friends/family. Maybe we could have a MNVogue Pinboard where we could pin suggestions for each other both what to look for and where to find it. I would like to get out of my gift comfort zone this year and would especially welcome stocking filler suggestions. If the pin was addressed to the person requesting it, then thart would work wouldn't it? Say, 'stripey sheets for Mig's DD' or 'stocking filler under £8'?

Et Bonsoir Secy Buenas tardes a todas ustedes, las mujeres hermosas. Se está haciendo tarde y mis pobres ojos están cansados pero no puedo mantener alejado de la Internet!

Shop What black Mulberry is it you are selling? I wear black and haven't really thought about whether it suits me or not. Maybe a different colour near your face might mitigate against it 'draining' your complexion if that is what you feel happens. I kind of wear whatever colour I like and haven't had my colours done bar a Prescriptives counter assistant twenty years ago telling me I had pale skin. Er yes stating the blooming obvious seeing as I often get people asking me if I feel okay because I am so pale!

Bit reluctant to have colours done because I know I will carry on wearing whatever takes my fancy and it would seem like I have shelled out a lot on advice I would then disregard. I am benefiting from Queens lovely Colour combination board though and have worn quite a few outfits lately that have been inspired by her board. It is like having new clothes and I have been ferreting through my suitcases/packed away clothes to find stuff that would work in new ways. My DD texted earlier asking if i have any 'unwanted' plaid/tartan pants or skirts she could 'borrow. grin....We are the same height and size except she has smaller feet (so keeps her hands off my Manolos and Loubs) and I have had quite a few of her items she has got bored of and vice versa. Ladies w/ younger daughters- this pleasure awaits you and it is lovely, like having extra closets.

MarshaBrady Fri 23-Aug-13 22:00:24

Ah! And Foxy so sorry to hear about your fall. You poor thing. I hope you're in bed resting and feel better tomorrow. I remember about the big yoga week, hope you're ok.

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 22:03:20

this Mulberry *Mig*
Not sure i can bear to be parted even if I just look at it and stroke it.....

Hi Mary - welcome! I'm a big fan of a colour clash - I feel a bit of a fraud when I go to work and have to do matchy matchy!

On colours, I have had my colours done, but I don't stick to it religiously, though I do recognise some colours are really bad on me (step forward cream, mustard, sea green, salmon) and avoid them. Basically most brights look good on me, more muted colours generally don't. I think colour/style analysis is as prescriptive as you make it.

MarshaBrady Fri 23-Aug-13 22:05:18

Oh Shop that is very hard to part with!

mignonette Fri 23-Aug-13 22:05:46

Hi Mary Nice to meet you. Are you on Pinterest? if not I highly recommend it as a way of organising your closet and potential purchases. Let us know your Pin name if yes. QueenCadubury's colour combination board is a great way of incorporating more offbeat colours into your style. I love it and am also a clashy/offbeat girl. I'm not a 'classic' dresser although i do have classic items. A dress agency is a brilliant way of buying high quality stuff. I use them and like getting better for less.

Glad to have another contributer to the thread. We are friendly and don't snark.

LinusDKD Fri 23-Aug-13 22:06:16

dry I quite like GofT as well but am multitasking whilst watching it i.e. surfing the net.

marytheowl welcome!

mignonette Fri 23-Aug-13 22:09:59

Shop WHY? That is a forever bag. Are you absolutely sure? I wouldn't part with that because even if it is just a 'funeral' bag (grim example), it would earn its keep. Do you have a daughter who will one day weep with despair when she hears about the Mulberry bag her Mother sold (laying it on thick I am)......I say that because I gratefully received quite a few amazing vintage bags and clothes from my Mother and Grandmother. Gucci Flora bags, a classic red/green ribbon stripe Gucci clutch and loafers, My Grandmothers 1940-50's sundresses (totally Loren)....

libertychick Fri 23-Aug-13 22:12:57

V lovely bag shop
Welcome Mary.

Welcome Mary smile

LinusDKD Fri 23-Aug-13 22:18:14

That is a lovely bag shop!

Are you sure that the 'no black' rule also applies to accessories? Looking at your pins that bag works with a lot of your colours, no?

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 22:18:48

Meant to say Liberty that's a lovely skirt

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 22:19:34

Ok ok - I do love it so will keep for now. Thanks all. And Mig no DD here so D had better marry well grin

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 22:19:45

DS!!!

mignonette Fri 23-Aug-13 22:21:51

I'm a fan of black tights w/ white dresses/skirts and black bags w/ pale colours so I think that bag is very adaptable. I often weave scarves around bag handles so they are covered. That helps lift a bag. I also tie scarves onto handles to trail behind but prefer the covered handle effect. A white or cream silk scarf wrapped or attached to that bag would look very soignee Shop.

mignonette Fri 23-Aug-13 22:23:16

I'm sure there'll be a DIL or a niece to pass that onto if you decide to Shop! Don't do what I did and give away a limited edition pair of Converse to a son's GF only for them to separate two weeks later!

McNally Fri 23-Aug-13 22:23:32

Hello Mary and congrats on the revamp. Four stone weight loss is very impressive!

Decameron Fri 23-Aug-13 22:24:12

Hi everyone. Haven't been on here in a while.

Foxy, sorry about your back, hope you will be ok for yoga next week. I'm glad you found your boots on sale.

Shop, don't sell the bag! I have sold a few bags (two Louis Vuitton epi leather, not the logo ones) when DD1 was a baby and I am so sorry now. I was about to sell a Prada bag recently but the A&W ladies made me see sense.

I am curious as to what colour season I am and do think it is worth having done but have yet to take the plunge. I'm definitely not a winter but have spent too much on my wardrobe to get rid of the black.

Carrie, the Aigle Cuckmere is a great coat, I will be using mine for the third winter now. It's true to size, I think John Lewis stocked them last year. As I said on pinterest, it is not waterproof but it keeps me dry on the walk to school.

Hi Mary!

Novice, congratulations on the house.

Anni I saw your Hudson purchases on Pin, looks good.

We are looking to buy a house at the moment too so I decided I'd better sort out my spending. At least for this month, I'll work on my AW list after that. smile I did get this for £4.95 (the delivery charge) this week though.

One, you are a modern Snow White indeed, really lovely.

Enjoy the rest of your holidays, Dry and QueenC.

Have fun tomorrow, those who are meeting up.

MaryTheOwl Fri 23-Aug-13 22:24:50

Thanks for the welcome!

Marsha, I bought them second-hand so not exact links but, the bag is a bit like this (except nowhere near as expensive as I'm a tight-arse):

Way more expensive bag than mine

This is really similar to the skirt I bought as mine is an unknown brand! However, must say that after looking these links up I'm even more pleased withy bargain purchases!

Skirt

Let's see if I can link at the first attempt.

McNally Fri 23-Aug-13 22:24:55

PS. Have fun at the MU tomorrow all going!

MaryTheOwl Fri 23-Aug-13 22:26:27

So I can link but not write in sentences: *with my, obviously.

Hi everyone, welcome Mary (although I would prefer Owly as nn? grin)

Foxy so sorry to hear about your fall sad. I really hope you feel better soon.

Novice - fab news about the house, how exciting! Have a lovely time at CP (especially in the hot tub wink)

Re black, I am definitely veering away from it in the last year or two, I'm not sure how much influence you lot have had and how aware I am that it is harder to wear as I age smile but I still love black jeans and skirts and my Marant Monty jacket, though that is threaded through with colour and metallics so doesn't really count...what I so know though Shop, is that the colours Ive seen you in really look fab, it will be interesting to see the conclusion re black tomorrow smile.

We had a gorgeous day at the top of a huge mountain today. DH and DC's built a campfire and cooked sausages and steaks then built a dam in the river, went exploring with walkie-talkies while I read my book in the sun - 30 deg again but with a lovely breeze. We are packing up ready for our move down South tomorrow. Have to say I am looking forward to some relaxing poolside action, wifi and hopefully some decent shops grin. Santa how are you getting on? Mig and other experts, please remind me what I should be grabbing in French pharmacies grin. I have already bought some Caudalie, open to recommendations though!

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 22:28:28

Waves to Decam - was thinking of you today as I pulled my Goldsigns out of the wardrobe!

Shop love the bag, you must keep it.
Mig I had a whole wardrobe of good quality work suits in dark colours I kept or funerals after I had my DCs....after 12 years and no funerals lucky they all went to a dress agency. It was a sad day.....a few still remain in the graveyard wardrobe though grin
Hello Mary do stay, you know is all anyway...might as well eh?
Amber outfit 29 (Paige jeans,pink t shirt) is so me ( even though I go on and on about dresses which I adore) most of the time I'm dressed more casually.....if you ever see some jeans like those let me know (the Goldsign ones sold out).

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 22:29:50

Thanks Sleep blush will miss you tomorrow

shopafrolic Fri 23-Aug-13 22:31:04

Right - off to bed. See some of you fashionistas tomorrow xx

Decameron Fri 23-Aug-13 22:32:59

Hi Shop, glad you are using them, I love mine.

The holiday sounds idyllic, Sleep.

MaryTheOwl Fri 23-Aug-13 22:32:59

On the colour clash front: I did honestly go out in the following yesterday:

Short dark ish green knitted dress with long line bright pink cardigan, bright purple tights and pink brogues in the same shade as aforementioned cardigan.

I probably looked a total muppet but I liked it! And all natural fibres too (except tights) which I'm a bit fussy about.

libertychick Fri 23-Aug-13 22:49:08

Sounds good MaryTO

Have just tried on the Topshop skirt and it's great shape etc but v v thin - on closer look I now realise that you can see the models knickers grin Why don't I spot these things???? More returns - sigh....

MaryTheOwl Fri 23-Aug-13 22:52:59

What on earth would make them sell a see-through skirt?!

It is nice though so that's a shame. But I value my modesty too much. I mean, my underwear's nice and everything but I l don't need the rest of the world to know that.

Wow Mary, great colours! Do you mind me asking how old you are? You sound very similar in style to our lovely nanny who is a proper East London (style-wise and where she lives) girl - very cool, slightly crazy dresser but always looks great. She is 26, if I wore the things she does though, I'd just look like a mad bag lady grin

Decam the mountains are great but I have to leave, if only to avoid gaining several stone in weight. I don't much enjoy the exercise on offer here (steep hills in all directions make running and cycling really hard!), there is no gym, so I become incredibly lazy. This, with the staple diet of baguettes, cheese, ham and copious quantities of wine every day are not a good combination, waistline wise grin. Typical that now, with my 'summer tummy' as I call it, there is a week of bikini wearing to do hmm. Still, I will enjoy the last week and start undoing the damage in September grin!

Thank you Decam blush

Mary you are not alone with the mad colour combos. Although my wardrobe is heavy with blacks, I very often mix and match colours much to my sisters disgust! She's very into matchy matchy things and I just throw things on without much care grin

MaryTheOwl Fri 23-Aug-13 23:13:56

Cheers Sleep!

I'm 31 but look younger - which I used to hate but am coming round to the idea. I was asked for ID buying superglue once. And it was only a couple of years ago.

However, I will be on my guard and toning it down a bit when my honest friends tell me it doesn't suit me any more!

mignonette Fri 23-Aug-13 23:15:39

French Pharmacie purchases for Sleep

Cetaphil cleanser-nothing is gentler, all the models use this during fashion week
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (smells gorgeous) here
and the gentle exfoliating gel w/ rose here
Nuxe fondant shower gel here

Le Petit Marsellaise shower gels
Bourjois Shower gels
Vichy facial gel washes (so refreshing) and other products as they have a bigger range than is available over here
Senteurs Fraiches Eau Jeune (in green glass bottle)
Apricoderm range here
Christian Breton ice gel eye stick

Roger et Gallet- any of their bath products are wonderful
Agnes B Apricot complexion enhancer and any of the make up, the rose cleanser and the Agnes B facial cream w/ rose
Cosmence moisturising eyes hydrasource
Mistral Dauphine soaps in the wonderful packaging.

Some more utilitarian products i like are

Gifrer liniment made w/ limewater and olive oil. Meant for babies, it is good for adults.
Biafine blam for burns and dryness. Look out for Elmex tooth cleaning range too.

These are all products I use and they are on my face & body pinboard.

mignonette Fri 23-Aug-13 23:18:22

Am off to bed now but will speak again soon. At Orford tomorrow for lunch at the Crown and Castle yum.

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 08:41:57

Bloody rain! So today is the day where I find out if non Autumn colours suit me. I'm wearing J Crew grey marl tee, CE skinnies, black leather bomber jacket, snakeskin flats, Mulberry feather print scarf and that black Mulberry handbag. See you soon.
Foxy how are you feeling?

noviceoftheday Sat 24-Aug-13 08:47:30

Good morning everyone! Ds woke us up at 6.30am and looked out of the window in horror to see it chucking it down. Also, the weather forecast of a massive heat wave has been downgraded overnight. Except.....I packed for a heat wave!angry

Hello to Mary! Glad you delurked! I am a very classic dresser but I have been reintroducing colours into my wardrobe this year, after getting it horribly wrong in my 20s, I played safe in my 30s. This year I have worn plenty of bright oranges and pinks. I look forward to being inspired by yousmile

Foxy, I so hope you have woken up feeling better.

Amber, so sorry to hear about your dh's work schedule. Never fun for the person doing the punishing hours or the other half who is left to pick up the slack, especially when your own hours aren't 9 to 5 either.sad

To Marsha, Shop and Liberty - have fun at the meet up! Can't wait to hear about outfits and chat.

Great outfit Shop have a really great day !

Styleguile is coming to Guernsey!!!! Funny if I bumped into her!grin

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 08:50:41

MrsR are you still coming despite the rain? Hope so.
Novice off to the shop for you to buy a fleece that will only ever be worn at CP! smile
Dry how much longer are you there for?

Decameron Sat 24-Aug-13 08:52:23

Outfit sounds lovely, Shop, have fun.

I don't know what I will do with the DDs today, DH is working too and very late last night. DD2 (age 2) has suggested going to the shoe shop!

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 08:55:06

Shopping it is then Decam !

Back tomorrow. It's been a wonderful two weeks....but can't wait to be back in my house .

mignonette Sat 24-Aug-13 09:38:16

Sleep - I have pinned more of my French pharmacy/store products that I have or have used. I especially recommend you look out for KLorane products, their shampoos are wonderful and the Quinine BB shampoohere is good at tackling any hair thinning. Anybody experiencing this should try this shampoo. The citrus pulp shampoo smells of the South of France with its herbal, orange and lemon scent here. This peony one is on my bathroom shelf.

The Klorane make up removers are excellent for all sensitive skins and together with Clarins Alpine milk, was my choice for teenage skins when they start wearing make up. The blue bottles/tubes look beautiful too here. Another love is their baby range. I still use the baby cream wash.

Look out for this cream used by Make up artists as a smooth pre make up base. Bioderma's make up remover here for extra sensitive skin has a great pharmacy style bottle and works.

The Nuxe range of lipglosses are beautiful and not sure if they are available here although I know M&S have started stocking Nuxe Huile Prodogieuse which has got to have one of the most delicious scents ever.

Safe journey home Dry, Foxy how do you feel today?

Have a lovely MU!

carrie74 Sat 24-Aug-13 09:50:24

Hope the meet up goes well, and hope you're feeling better this morning foxy.

I had a dream a couple of nights ago about my first formative boyfriend (who popped in and out of my life from 16-20). Something compelled me to stalk him look him up, and via a route of various friends of friends. Found him on FB, but he's not posted much, one pic (he looks the same but a bit greyer, DH has been a much better choice wink). But now I want to know MORE! Is he married/in a relationship, does he have kids? Weirdly it looks as though he might also be in Bristol (not too weird, we both grew up in Devon, so quite a few have ended up around here) so theoretically our paths could actually cross. shock It would be way to weird to friend him on FB, right (although I may have sent a friend request to a mutual friend this morning. When I say mutual friend, I mean someone I knew when I was 17, and is highly unlikely to remember me).

mignonette Sat 24-Aug-13 10:02:24

Carrie BIG red danger signs. Keep away from old BF's grin...Seriously, It is very tempting but keep away.

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 10:04:22

STOP Carrie. Step away from the computer. IME the guy will think you're looking to ressurrect something even though you're not.
Am sat in hairdressers. We're going for a Stella Tennant look. Wish I could walk out with her face and body too!

LinusDKD Sat 24-Aug-13 10:21:02

sleep, mig has already given you a comprehensive list of the best that's on offer in French Pharmacies but I would like to add some stuff for the children.

I love, love, love Mustela as it reminds me of when I was little and I use it on my children as well.

Other nice children's brands are Klorane and Uriage and Bioderma has some nice sunscreens for kids and moisturisers for adults.

Have a nice time at the mini MU today!

MrsRadicchio Sat 24-Aug-13 10:23:57

Ooh sounds good Shop. See you later.

Second (third?) what everyone has said Carrie - no good can come from it!

MrsRadicchio Sat 24-Aug-13 10:25:02

Just a boring question while I have access to the PC:

What do you do about your leather soled shoes - do you get a rubber sole put over them, or just not wear in the rain?

I have a few but I just end up never wearing them!

mignonette Sat 24-Aug-13 10:26:04

I like the look of this Linus. Have you used it? Am making up a care parcel for my little niece in Germany and this product might be a good one to include. I tend to be very careful w/ family babies because we have a lot of eczema in the generations and try to avoid waking a 'sleeping giant' so to speak. Any other recommendations?

Turquoiseblue Sat 24-Aug-13 10:26:06

Morning all, we re on our way to a last hurrah weekend away before school reopens here. Have packed way too much for 3 nights!
Foxy - hope you feel better this morning. Try some alternate heat / ice too and gentle stretches. Hope you manage to get to your yoga.
Enjoy the m u all.
Congrats on the house novice and good luck with the house hunt hopefully.
Carrie - old bf - belong in the past fr a reason.
Dec - my dd hates shoes and shoe shopping - but spotted a red pair of ankle boots last time we were out ok town - they re on her wish List now. I ve promised her she can have them for winter. Her current favourite footwear is a purple pair trainers - which she wears with everything !
I treated myself to the new Chanel cc cream yesterday and a lipstick - wearing them today and very pleased . It s much much nicer than my previous BObbi brown n cream. Highly recommend.

mignonette Sat 24-Aug-13 10:48:11

MrsR Do you know I have never thought about that. I imagine that cows are waterproof so would probably wear them as men's shoes historically were leather soled before rubber was invented grin...They can be slippery though in the wet especially rain after a dry spell when the roads and pavements are greasy.
Deciding what to wear today in the rain at Orford Ness on the East Anglian coast confused is a challenge. Likely candidates include my DM Bikers here which have a few more wears left in them, a pair of cream Uniqlo cotton socks peering over the top, my indigo TopShop kilt skirt that is identical to this one in style and this aqua sweat top with this underneath which i wore to work last week. Not sure whether wearing pants w/ those boots really works hence the skirt but will take my Jack Purcell Comme plimsolls with me for the beach in case it gets warmer plus the silver Edelman sandals for lunch at the Crown & Castle. Have already decided that I want the Fish soup w/ Rouille and Beef Carpaccio or crab, leek and parsley on toast so they had better be on the menu!

carrie74 Sat 24-Aug-13 10:54:40

Lol, you're all absolutely correct, although I would like to know how his life has turned out, and dazzle him with the details of how my life has panned out, but other than that, we wouldn't really have anything else to talk about, 20 years ago is a long time. But I hope he's well and found happiness.

mignonette Sat 24-Aug-13 10:57:02

Turq What Chanel cream did you buy? I have some of the make up (well, what DD hasn't 'borrowed') and feel so 'special' when i use it. Will never forget buying my first Chanel skin care (face wash) aged 18. I felt proper adult.

Am now officially very happy because my first US Vogue subscription magazine arrived five minutes ago- it is the big September edition w/ Jennifer Lawrence on the cover and it is humungous. The lead fashion story has Lawrence in plenty of tweedy checks and tartans. She is wearing the Dolce tweed suiting and the Vuitton checked coat envy....Bit annoyed that out of 902 pages, nearly 750 appear to be ads though. Larger is not always better, Anna Wintour.

Loads of by the fire pub reading later on unless DH ambushed me with the scrabble board.

MarshaBrady Sat 24-Aug-13 11:08:23

Jennifer Lawrence is gorgeous, one of my favourites. She is a fabulous actress too. She is amazing in Winter's Bone.

Carrie you made the right decision grin.

Am about to get ready for our mini mini mu. Am going for the Lanvin wedges as don't want wet feet in ballet flats. And then am working upwards!

Thanks for good wishes, we'll toast an espresso or whatever to the lovely voguettes.

I've had some terrible news about a friend this morning, can't share details as I'm sworn to secrecy about what's going on with her in general and the cat definitely needs to stay in the bag right now. I'm so so worried about her right now, I feel so helpless and don't know what to do with myself sad

MrsR I'm sure you can have new leather soles put on....

Carrie I found a bf who big time broke my heart on FB a few months ago......he looked old and fat grin
A few yrs ago I received an e mail from my uni saying someone wanted to get in touch. Turned out to be my first boyfriend convent school, sisters, late starter with boys . I was quite intrigued to know why he wanted to get in touch, imagining -- too many Jane Austen/Jackie Collins-- that he'd realized what he'd lost and was wanting me back only for me to throw my lovely DH and amazingly well adjusted children in his face,along with my incredibly mature and goegeous self etc crap crap crap
Finger hovered over the key, sensible voice no where to be found........
Turned out he was a born again Christian, home schooling his kids wanting forgiveness for having cheated on me with the tart on the uni theatre club lighting section shock and a smooth ride to heaven hmm

MarshaBrady Sat 24-Aug-13 11:23:08

Dry that is so funny! Love it.

Umlauf Sat 24-Aug-13 11:42:01

Hello, can I join you? I'm the worst combination of things at the moment, an impoverished, heavily pregnant shopaholic, but I have been lurking on these threads for ages and have been inspired by copied some of your purchases already (Sam Edelman Gigis!)

I live on the France/Spain border so I'm all about the internet shopping, Massimo Dutti/Adolfo Dominguez and Zara, but recently enjoyed a trip back home (hello Bicester!) and came back with neon yellow jaeger jumper a neon pink boden jumper, a jaeger blue knitted jacket which is lovely but I can't find online, joules jumper with naff fox on it which I love but is not at all mumsnet, and best of all the Stephen Sprouse Leopard scarf which I found in a second hand dress agency in Tunbridge Wells! All of which I think I'll be fine fitting into post baby.

More of a risk was this FCUK coat which was too much of a bargain to resist and I can channel Lady Mary in it! My pre-baby wardrobe is hopelessly unpractical (pretty much all hand wash only!) so I'm finding myself look at clothing in a completely different way which is scary and exciting all at once.

MarshaBrady Sat 24-Aug-13 12:00:31

Welcome Umlauf what fabulous links. Love the Jaegar and the coat and of course the fox jumper with that awesome name. Great style!

I love the fox print jumper umlauf I have a weakness for things like that or anything with bears on it grin

McNally Sat 24-Aug-13 12:08:33

Hello Umlauf! Love the Jaeger jumper too. Fab colour. More importantly, when's the baby due? Is it your first?

Hope you are ok One.

Topazandpearl Sat 24-Aug-13 12:12:58

Sorry to hear about your friend One. Even if all you can do is listen, that, I'm sure, is a considerable help.

I hope those at the mu have a lovely time.

Welcome to umlauf and mary.

Umlauf Sat 24-Aug-13 12:13:15

Thank you smile I haven't quite grown out of buying clothes just because they have a quirky print on them...

Dry that is so funny! Did you reply? I'm on holiday at the moment and my holiday fling from when I was 15 has turned up in the flat next door, and here I am all married and 35 weeks pregnant! I don't know whether to feel smug or horrified. (Amazingly we haven't crossed paths all week so I think he's avoiding me.)

Topazandpearl Sat 24-Aug-13 12:26:44

The boucle jacket is a keeper (thanks again shop). I know it will get lots of wear (but not just yet as it is warm!).

I am also keeing these Me &Em trousers. Every year I buy a pair of black trousers for work but normally spend about £30-40 on them. It will be interesting to see if these, considerably more expensive ones keep their looks better. They are very flattering but long! I will take them up once I have decided which height shoes I will want to wear them with.

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 12:44:32

Good news Topaz
Welcome Umlauf will look at your links tonight as BB so bad!
Had a quick run round Selfridges beauty and got the Chanel nail varnish I wanted on my Pin. Am the first to arrive at MU which means I'm sat so no-one can see what I'm wearing! Probably a good thing as not my most stylish today!

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 12:45:42

MrsR and Marsha and Liberty if you're joining, I'm downstairs tucked away in the back corner.....

Umlauf hello....yes I did reply:
"Oh Pratt it's all water under the bridge and a long time ago. Glad to hear you're happy if a little bit weird--and settled down --not with me thank goodness
Dry.
P.s hope you make it to heaven wanker" grin

foxysocks Sat 24-Aug-13 14:38:25

I am properly laughing at 'PS hope you make it to heaven' waaaaah I hope I get to use that one day.

dry you also made me laugh for the first and only time yday with 'cuddle your boots', so thank you x

thanks to all the fab voguettes for all your well wishes flowers. I feel a lot better having slept well and taken rather a lot of arnica. just had my first food in 24 hrs - I cannot eat when I am stressed - and lying on my bed at PILs house mentally planning outfits for the next few days.

mig I will def take ibu tonight before bed. was nervous about taking on empty stomach yday.

gutted to miss the mini MU. next time.

I made DH stop the car as we were pulling away, ran back inside and grabbed my boots. I don't think I will wear them this week but I suddenly though - what if we get burgled and they take them?!?! shock. feel better that they are with me here. DH rolled eyes at this whole episode.

Ahhhhh Foxy glad I made you smile, bet you did give them a little squeeze didn't you wink...........

Umlauf Sat 24-Aug-13 15:49:21

Sorry mcnally I missed your post! Baby boy due in 5 weeks, it is my first. My boobs grew about 4 sizes before POAS so I have been in awful jersey maternity shite for the whole year, I am salivating at the thought of wearing real clothes again, although breast feeding will get in the way I guess...

MarshaBrady Sat 24-Aug-13 16:17:57

Had a lovely mini mu. Everyone looking gorgeous as per usual!

I am now in Liberty in love with two coats, but have to wait a couple of weeks before I can buy one and worse still there aren't many left. So hard!

mignonette Sat 24-Aug-13 16:21:34

Marsha I have had visions of you all drinking too much and being last heard of shaking your tushes down at the Carnival! grin

MarshaBrady Sat 24-Aug-13 16:30:50

Haha Mig we were very civilised, I had a double decaf espresso which made Shop laugh grin

Am sure we'll make up for it at next one!

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 16:42:51

Am on the train on my way home. V civilised. MrsR picked a lovely spot for lunch, then we headed to Matches. Interesting that two bags I pinned are not as lovely IRL so that is good!
Headed to Liberty with Marsha and finally tried some Pistols - I think it might be love. They look big as I look down on them but front and side view (which is all anyone else sees) is great.
No luck for my chunky knit yet, still too early I think..... I may not find the one that's in my head.
I think the consensus was I can still wear black so that's good news!
Awful weather, caught in a rain storm on the way to the tube, my snakeskin flats may well be trashed!

LinusDKD Sat 24-Aug-13 16:46:32

Some boots for shop but maybe too late as she seems to be smitten by the pistols. ;-)

splendid

Catch-up when DC are asleep.

MrsRadicchio Sat 24-Aug-13 19:17:45

Lovely afternoon, am feeling a bit woozy now - not used to alcohol anymore!

Marsha which coats did you like at Liberty?

Yay about the Pistols Shop - I really like the Cypress and Clover boot, would have been good to have a try on.

Welcome Mary (think I may follow Sleep and call you Owl if that is ok??) and Umlauf. Have you seen this blog post May be of use?!

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 19:20:09

You only had 1 MrsR??? You looked fab today, those boots really suit your style.

Can we have descriptions of everyone's outfits ? looking for inspiration

Shop don't despair, I think A/W stock at its best in Sept....you'll find your jumper then.

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 19:39:08

Mine was dull Dry
this tee semi tucked into
these jeans
With a black leather jacket from GAP. mulberry black handbag.
Rose gold Michael Kors watch and assorted bracelets.
these shoes which are useless in puddles BTW!

Gap has 30% off in store this weekend for anyone wanting the leopard slip ons...

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 19:45:52

How's your day been Amber?

LinusDKD Sat 24-Aug-13 19:46:19

decam good to hear that the Aigle Cuckmere is good quality. I really want to try it on now and see if it suits me.

mary I like the sound of your colour combination. And I also like the nn Owly!

mig I hope you had a lovely lunch!

I haven't used that specific Mustela product but it seems like it's for very sensitive skin so it should be ok for your DN.

umlauf welcome!

foxy glad you are feeling better! And lol about the boots.

Hello all!

Glad the MU was good and your black conclusion was positive Shop smile, also good you are feeling better Foxy.

Welcome Umlaut!

Thanks so much for the French pharmacy recommendations Mig and Linus. I knew I could rely on you thanks.

Shop, another sweater suggestion?

Sorry -*Umlauf*!

Also, I was lol about Mig's comment re cows being waterproof grin!

QueenCadbury Sat 24-Aug-13 21:03:48

Hello all! Back home now with a mountain of washing to do. Just enjoying being post holiday -- and therefore pissed on Chablis again-- this evening and having cuddles with the cats.

Glad the MU went well but hope the oct one isn't so tame grin.

carrie totally understand where you're coming from. Every so often I look up my first love from uni on FB although I haven't messages him for years. dry your story is very funny. My other ex -- a complete controlling, jealous wanker-- contacted me after years apart (why had he kept my phone number hmm) to tell me he was going through a divorce and apologise for his behaviour whilst we were together. By then I was married and had jut had dd1.

Determined to go shopping tomorrow so will report back then. I've decided tht the spending ban is over although I still need to be careful not to spend too much prior to London trip.

MarshaBrady Sat 24-Aug-13 21:14:06

Sure it won't be! I had so much prosecco last time and the one before, I had to do one social thing without it, just to show you know I could. I'll be back on form for next one.

I wore MiH Paris

Sandro jumper.

and Lanvin black suede wedges.

Liberty looked very pretty in a scarf and a top, what top?, my mind!

MrsR very cool in white boots and a t, and print trouser, is that right?

And Shop proved black made her looked great. And actually I thinks it's the eyes.

Ok coats, hang on a mo...

Nice Shop . QueenC you're sweet cuddling your cats.
Sleep you in s France now?

shopafrolic Sat 24-Aug-13 21:20:19

Welcome back QueenC
The Sandro was fab Marsha did I spy some neon underneath?

QueenCadbury Sat 24-Aug-13 21:21:44

Actually dry they're ignoring me and enjoying cuddles with dh and dd1!

Forgot to say hello to mary and umlauf

MarshaBrady Sat 24-Aug-13 21:23:00

MrsR I tried on the Marant Etoile one in Matches. But I've had a realisation now. It's not a coat! It's a knit and it looks awful for some reason on the model! She looks a bit bunched. I liked it more than that, but might need a second opinion.

Then I found a very classic peacoat. Then I thought hang on Burberry! So am doing another scout this weekend to check on Burberry situation.

I also tried on pistols, Sam Edelman boots, Lanvin knee high wedges and Chloe something. I am trying to narrow everything down before buying.

Foxy glad you have the boots with you, good call I say.

Dry that is very funny.

MarshaBrady Sat 24-Aug-13 21:24:19

Just the Hobbs top Shop. I had to do a massive wash today and there wasn't much else!

mignonette Sat 24-Aug-13 21:27:11

Quick hi to all and will post more tomorrow but can barely keep eyes open.

Did anybody see The Times Saturday magazine photographs of Yasmin Le Bon? Thought they were very unflattering photographs of a very beautiful woman.

Glad the MU went well.

Hi to Umlauf.

Night night.

Hi Dry, yes, now in Vence, villa is heavenly. Don't think we will be leaving it much smile. DH just getting kids to bed, I might see if he's up for a skinny dip in the (heated) pool before bed wink.

Oooh you devil sleep! Hope there aren't any mozzies!

libertychick Sat 24-Aug-13 22:49:01

Shop you looked very chic in your black and the bag is gorgeous - I got a good look at it as we walked up the stairs!
Marsha looked amazing in her Sandro knit and MrsR was v funky in white boots and a neon necklace.
I wore (from the bottom up!) grey leather converse, envy jeans, the grey version of this Cos silk T, a blue and red Gap scarf which isn't on their website and my ancient and slightly battered looking Next Navy linen blazer with 3/4 sleeves.

MrsR I only have one pair of leather soled shoes and I did get a rubber sole put over them - mostly because I am mega clumsy and kept slipping in them. Cost less than £10 and makes them non slip as well as waterproof.
Dry your stories are hilarious!! Cannot wait to meet you. The born again ex is a classic! I was dumped by my first proper boyfriend as he decided to become a priest grin
Welcome Umlauf - great FCUK coat – fingers crossed it works post CB smile
Marsha I love, love, love that Marant coatigan – it’s on my lust list

MaryTheOwl Sat 24-Aug-13 23:04:42

This thread moves fast! Thanks again or the welcome, and the lovely links.

I have been idly wishing money away today and I want this dress:

Nice dress

And I love this coat:

Such a beautiful colour

Ah well, one day I'll have more to spend!

MaryTheOwl Sat 24-Aug-13 23:07:13

And call me whatever you like!

Within reason, obviously.

libertychick Sat 24-Aug-13 23:11:33

OK then Owly smile
The Goat coat is fabulous - so chic.

noviceoftheday Sun 25-Aug-13 07:03:17

Morning! It's 7am. Ds is still asleep. This has never happened. <faint>

LinusDKD Sun 25-Aug-13 07:11:50

Morning!

novice I have the same reaction whenever DS sleeps past 6.30!

Must be the magic CP air. wink

Long shop - the little blighters fought constantly. He's working again today so I'm taking them to the cinema. I may treat myself to something nice in Gap as a thanks from DH (so it won't count against the ban).

Glad you had a good mini-MU. Looking forward to seeing the outcome of Marsha's coat/boat debate in October.

So over the dismal weather, I don't mind the cooking down, but I want it to be dry. Can't be risking my array of suede footwear in this nonsense. Hope you're not drowning at CP. novice - don't think I've ever been where it hasn't been torrential rain!

QueenCadbury Sun 25-Aug-13 08:35:49

Is novice at longleat or elvedon? It's lovely and dry here in the south west if she's at longleat. About to put on the 4th load of washing since we got home. Then I have a pass to go shopping which is making me ridiculously excited! amber I haven't been emailed anything from gap. Is it on instore with no codes needed?

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 08:56:03

Love both Mary, really nice.

Me too Amber, can't wait. Need some nice new stuff.

What do people think about this Marant, are the holes a bit too much, too much flounce?

No code QueenC, just signs up in store!

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 09:07:00

Glad you got through it Amber and yes, good day for cinema today. When I got home DH was going stir crazy - no idea how to deal with a toddler in the rain - answer was TV apparently hmm
Foxy how are you?
Hate the rain, hate it. I got drowned yesterday when I left you Marsha. Hid out in the doorway of H&M without realising I was 4/5 doors down from &OtherStories. Such an idiot, I could have been browsing.....
Right, need to check back on everyone's links

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 09:08:00

It got colder when I got home Shop. I thought I wouldn't mind wearing a coat right now!

Annianni Sun 25-Aug-13 09:33:23

Welcome Owly and Umlauf.

I'll never catch up!
I've got loads of links to add at some point, must turn the laptop on at some point...

Still working on Ds2's room, then hopefully seaside later for a walk.

Love the Marant's Marsha.
I've got the knit pinned too.

Glad the MU went well envy

Annianni Sun 25-Aug-13 09:36:38

I can probably do a Leeds meet, if there ever is one.
I think it took me an hour driving, the last time I went.

Umlauf Sun 25-Aug-13 09:39:35

Thank you mrsR for that link, it's really useful and I've shared it with my antenatal thread. I'm looking for a ruched jersey skirt (as I'm a bit too hippy for the thin jersey tube ones) and quite like the me and em one but its black and I'd rather a warmer colour so I'm not sure.. Does anyone have this?

I love that dress marsha and can see it with black biker boots to de-flounce it for day.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 09:46:16

I like the print and fabric of the Marant Marsha but I'm a bit leary of anything too BoHo being quite small. I do not like like Talitha Getty when I wear it .But a tall person could pull that off if it was toughened up as Unlauf suggested. I would probably put a thin C+C California long sleeved Tank underneath in a very pale yellow or cream (Pink?) too. I like them under dresses.

Mary I like the dress and coat and I'd put them together.

Think Novice is at Elvedon.

Off now now to Southwold for another day out. Weather not brilliant so hope it brightens up for Novice..

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 10:13:13

Thanks Mig, Umlauf anni. Yep it's definitely at the flouncy end of my style. Hmm. I like the idea of toughening it up too. Might try it on in store.

Novice have a lovely time.

Anni more links, goodo grin

Mig have a nice time.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 11:16:07

Toughening up would be good Marsha

noviceoftheday Sun 25-Aug-13 11:23:45

Hello! Yes I am at Elveden. It's not raining, hurrah! And the sun has come out smile it's nippy in the shade though.

I went out for a 40 min run this morning, its one of the things I love about CP or any holiday

There is no chance of wearing about 70% of what I have packed (as I thought I was packing for a heat wave!).

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 15:00:44

Umlauf I have that Me&Em skirt in navy - it would be fantastic post CB as it's a lovely soft fold down adjustable waistband so you could wear it higher or lower as needed. The ruching makes it very flattering - I have it on today with a gap v neck blue t-shirt and silver flip flops.

Marsha my first thought was that I couldn't really see you in that dress - doesn't seem to fit with what I have seen of your style so far but styled as suggested with bikers etc it could be good. I like the cutout bits - make it less girly.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 15:41:09

Thanks Liberty am thinking maybe not, not really me. Too much going on. But good to test the water on here sometimes.

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 15:47:53

I've actually just had a browse to see if I could find a day dress for you Marsha but nothing is catching my eye - so far I'm not impressed with this A/W for dresses smile

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 15:54:12

Question for MrsR... are the white boots in your 333 list? or are they a sneaky addition? smile

Decameron Sun 25-Aug-13 16:14:35

Not crazy about that dress, Marsha, tbh, though lovely colour.

Umlauf, I have that skirt in black and navy, will probably get it in grey too, it's as good as Liberty says!

noviceoftheday Sun 25-Aug-13 16:42:43

Ooh Marsha I was going to post that the dress was not my cup of tea but I thought that it was me being dull blush

Umlauf Sun 25-Aug-13 16:44:37

Navy could work. what colour tights do you wear it with to stop it looking school uniformy?!

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 17:00:54

Don't worry I just saw it somewhere on pin and it looked diabolical on the person, so scratch that grin

LinusDKD Sun 25-Aug-13 19:09:56

Evening.

marsha I love the colour and the top bit of that Marant dress, but not the bottom bit.

It's a bit too flouncy and cut at weird angles. But I am a bit fussy about angles and symmetry. When we were house hunting I turned down a house because the windows were sticking out a weird angles and the rooms were weirdly shaped as well.

The fact that the location was great and the price way below our budget (owners were getting divorced so wanted a quick sale) didn't sway me one bit, much to DH's annoyance.

amber did you treat yourself at Gap?

Right, Sunday Night Style question: what brand/designer would you never buy from and for what reason?

I have a pet hate of everything that has been 'designed' by a celebrity, so I have walked away from some things that I liked but was put off by the celebrity tag and the matching price.

I will probably be banished from MNV forever after admitting this but I hated the whole Topshop/Kate Moss 'collaborations' with a passion.

And even though I like a lot of Victoria Beckham's clothes I wouldn't (even if I did have the money) buy them as she doesn't design them.

I do realise that a lot of designers have hordes of staff to design their accessories, bags, diffusion lines etc. But they did start out as designers who had talent and/or learned their craft and were responsible for their own designs, even though they might not be anymore now.

The only exception would be the LV Sofia Coppola handbag because
I am madly and deeply in love with it. grin

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 19:22:44

Great question Linus.

I feel exactly the same about Victoria Beckham, I know she's done well to build a brand but that's it. She doesn't design it and the closer you get to the designer the more I like something.

So I would purposely not buy a VB dress or bag, too £££ anyway. But probably wouldn't say no if someone gave me something!

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 19:25:09

And agree that I forgive Sofia Coppola for the above as she is very cool.

Who did I see the other day? I think Rosamund Pike has designed something. Meh, they've got to get through the gruelling early creative years like everyone else.

Linus I bought a navy merino crew neck jumper as it will fill a very obvious hole in my wardrobe and create a lot of options for my 150 day challenge. My DH has very generously given me a bit of money to top up my workwear so I don't have to break my ban, which is kind of him (I desperately need trousers!

On that note, anyone got the Boden bistro crops?

Good Sunday night question - I can't see myself ever buying any Miu Miu, because it is just so far from my personal style. Likewise Prada. I find those labels way too feminine for me. I don't think I'd ever buy shoes or bags from Stella M - I love, love the Falabellas, but £700 for a plastic bag makes me want to cry.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 19:35:41

Hi all, Hope you all had a lovely Sunday. Weather turned gorgeous as we arrive in Southwold and got parking space right on the seafront. Spent a while wandering around the stores but it has deteriorated terribly, full of gift shops selling overpriced crap designed to relieve vacationers of their money. Saw a gorgeous soft leather satchel though only £100 and dithered over it then walked away. The Chelsea-ites have chased away all the fish and chip shops near the front so drove to Dunwich and sat/lay on the beach w/ said food items until 4. Spent a couple of hours walking through Minsmere Nature Reserve then home. Managed to swap my on call tonight so don't have to race back to the city.

Linus The Sunday night question. I'm cynical about celeb collaborations too. The only Kate Moss (Kate's Dross is what we named the clothes) item I liked was the chalk stripe yellow/black city shorts and jacket suit which I bought. I'm very cynical about the H&M celeb collabs-the Anna Del Russo was a pile of pants as was the cheap Versace knock offs.

Come to think of it I'd probably never buy Versace because i question the taste of a designer who looks like they've been dipped in creosote and surgically implanted with lumps of foam. Versace seems to tarty for me as does Cavalli. Weird how Italy can produce Miuccia Prada and Consuela Castiglione with their Prada/Marni exquisiteness and then Donatella w/ her 'designs'.

I'm not much of a fan of Ralph Lauren either. I loved Balenciaga when Ghesquiere designed for it but wouldn't bother now Alexander Wang is at the helm. He is okay for American sportswear (tanks and pants) but high end conceptual stuff such as is Balenciaga's remit-not convinced he is the guy.

I wouldn't buy a Birkin-as gorgeous as they are. They are too WAG now. Seeing the Ecclestone girls tottering about w/ them has devalued the design for me. I liked the Chanel 2:55 but seeing every TOWIE Tom, Dick & Harry carting them about like lap dogs has again devalued them. They'll have to go on probation until the WAGS move onto something else.

My dream designers are ones like Rodarte, Preen, Rei Kawakubo, Casadei, early Proenza and Thakoon....The more conceptual and non mainstream the better. And Christopher Kane before he got snapped up by the big fish.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 19:56:53

My dream designers are Prabal Gurung, Preen, Thakoon and Proenza Schouler oh and Derek Lam. Love Derek Lam. The closer to the designer you get the better. So yes agree again with Mig about Ralph Lauren etc

I also love Isabel Marant because she's successful and female and her clothes are fresh and easy.

Agree on plastic at Stella M - usually think no to the shoes as not leather.

Not that keen on Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blahnik, but haven't looked at their stuff enough to know all of it.

And Balmain prices are crazy.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 20:08:18

Stella prices are mad and yes agree, all that £££ for plastic. I forgot to drool over Dries Van Noten and Margiela.

Carven is doing a good job of filling a gap for quality clothes at decent prices.

LinusDKD Sun 25-Aug-13 20:13:27

Interesting answers.

I wouldn't buy Versace nor Cavalli either as mig is right they are often too trashy for my taste.

amber glad you managed to 'scratch the itch' without breaking your ban.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:13:55

Evening all. I wouldn't buy Stella for the same reasons above, and no to Cavalli as A. It's just not me and B. an old, no longer friend, used to adore it and as a result I can't bear to look at it. For women with big hair and lots of bling - just the total opposite of me.
My knees ache today Marsha we should have got a taxi grin

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:14:55

Can't tell you my dream designers - I have no clue. I'd be curious to ask people who have met me who they think I should look at?

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 20:16:29

Oh and no to Henry Holland, but I think he just does a different thing with the same piece of tartan every year!

And no to Julien MacDonald, for some reason I just think Debenhams.

Really Shop, ha next time grin

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:16:48

Interesting article in ST Style about contacting exes / FB etc. made me think of Carrie. It was Carrie wasn't it?

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 20:17:33

Yes me too! And Carven was in there too.

Ok am going to look at NaP list and think of designers for you Shop.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:17:53

Oh, and any designer who's been on B&I Next Top Model is a no for me.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:19:24

Please Marsha am genuinely interested as DH and I had an interesting discussion about ££££ and whether he'd be happy with me buying more designer......

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:20:32

Oh and Mig a bit in Stlyle about the new &Other Stories lingerie designs.......

LinusDKD Sun 25-Aug-13 20:21:12

Oh Julien McDonald, too orange and too bitchy.

How about Peter Pilotto for shop?

I saw a lovely dress by him a couple of weeks ago and I had to stop myself from trying it on.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:23:04

YES Linus he was who I was thinking of! Too plastic too!

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 20:24:26

Marsha Yes yuck yuck yuck to Julien McDonald and his trashy Debenhams stuff. I went to the premiere of a piece called 'Dazzle' by the Richard Alston Dance Company at Sadlers Wells some years ago and McDonald had designed the costumes. He came onto the stage like a demonic little god after the performance.....I did not give him an ovation. The dancers, yes.

Jonathan Saunders and Preen do Designers at Debenhams and their stuff isn't so bad. Henry Holland is so the Emperors New Clothes and he has got those daft Geldof girls in his stuff. They'll go anywhere and do anything for a freebie.

Dream designers for me: Alexander Wang, Balenciaga (LOVED Ghesquiere, mig, but do have a soft spot for Wang), Rick Owens, Zuhair Murad, Givenchy, Carven, Jimmy Choo, Saint Laurent (accessories), Helmut Lang.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 20:25:18

Pared down cool of Acne.

Phillip Lim

Dagmar influenced by that petrol top.

Duffy for softer cashmere stuff.

Rag&Bone

Alexander Wang and T by Wang.

Ok enough for now. Looking at that, I think I've gone for the pared down NYC / Scandinavian designers (I can't remember where they are all from, but I am shorthand thinking that's where they are). Not frilly, not over the top, good for casual but very good quality. Also not so much the French designers.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 20:26:48

That list was for Shop!

Yes I am ok with Preen and Jonathan Saunders doing it too Mig, but they have built up great labels first. So they can get away with it.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 20:27:15

Love Balenciaga too.

Oh, Henry Holland presented the Gala Show at Graduate Fashion Week and he was so underprepared. Made me think he was incredibly unprofessional. Had spent a lot more time doing his hair than learning his lines.

I'm not against high st/designer collaborations, but they've never really lit me up. I have one item, a pair of silver sandals from Marni x H&M, but I don't buy all this 'get designer at high st prices', more 'get high street at significantly inflated prices'.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:28:56

Thanks Marsha off to research.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 20:29:32

Shop I have just pinned some Aloe lingerie and some gorgeous everyday dresses-a black and a red.

Also really like the Jaeger Jennifer tote here....

LinusDKD Sun 25-Aug-13 20:31:39

I know this is a very safe (and bourgeois) choice but I love DvF.

Yes, she does the same old wrap dresses in the same old patterns but she does know how to dress women.

I am short and ever so slightly bigger than my twin Natalia Vodianova but I can always find sometjing that I look good in at DvF.

MrsRadicchio Sun 25-Aug-13 20:31:57

I've been reading the Style section too. A bit hmm about the school gate style article but assume it is tongue in cheek!

Liberty you have an eagle eye, those boots are not in my original project 333 wardrobe, but I've added a few shoes I've bought recently as I have got bored! Only one week to go and no groundbreaking insights wink

I actually really like that dress Marsha, though I do agree it is not really 'your style' as I see it. I see the dress more as a summer dress, with tan leather sandals and bare legs. Interested to see the pin where it looks awful, can you link?

The coat / knit looks a totally different shape to the one in Matches - the one we saw looked more slouchy, which I preferred. The one you linked looks like the waist is nipped in.

Umlauf what about this skirt? I love leopard print (this is something I won't be able to give up even if it is not my season) and like the ruching. Some people on this thread have the wang skirt which is ruched, think it is quite short though?

Linus I'm not really sure re designers. I agree about some of the tacky, blingy ones. Though sometimes I do like bling / kitsch. I also don't like Karl Lagerfeld's comments about women's bodies, so maybe I will boycott him! I am also not particularly inspired by American preppy styles.

I can see you rocking that dress Marsha, there is a touch of boho about you, and with the right toughening I think it could really work.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 20:34:44

MrsR do you think it's a different coat? I am losing it a bit! I can't remember what the Liberty one was like exactly that I tried, nor if the Matches is the same. I might have to retrace my steps!

I'll see if I can find the image, I did a little yelp and and clicked off quickly grin

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 20:36:07

Thanks Amber! You're great for encouragement, the tartan Lucy Choi and the dress. I like to see how far I can push things and still feel comfortable, well sometimes!

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 20:36:25

Amber That is so it. Inflate the prices while quality stays the same. Let Ebay ramp up the desirability too. You reminded me of Lang too. I have a lot of his pants and some of them are going strong after nearly 18 years. The cut is King for him. It is the cut which separates the talented from the players. Stella and McQueen did their time at Saville Row. Philo, McGibbon also paid their dues.

Henry Holland kind of reminds me of Luella Bartley-she openly admitted going into fashion as a lark then found herself riding some kind of zeitgeist and had to develop a business. Holland is a dilettante joke and an insult to not prepare in from of talented graduates desperate for a break/advice.

<<<jumps off soapbox>>>

LinusDKD Sun 25-Aug-13 20:37:45

P.Pilotto a bit too out there for you shop? wink (I have this idea in my mind that you are a kind of short-haired Jennifer Connelly so that's why I thought of that kind of designer)

For me too really but the dress I saw in real life was a lot more understated than you see in the pictures. They don't really convey how absolutely stunning the print is IRL.

I was actually inspired to ask this question by a remark remus made a couple of weeks ago about not buying American Apparel because of the way they portrey women in their ads.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 20:38:23

yes good point on American Apparel.

Shop just looked at pin, love the ones on there already!

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 20:39:52

Amber your two fantasy bags just dropped .....Love them both. Great taste and very tempted by the Givenchy as they haven't been on my bag radar depsite the exquisite white clothing collection that blew me away.

I have a Balenciaga Lariat. Love it very much.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 20:41:12

Linus Was appalled at the American Apparel lingerie shots. OMG.

Read up on the owner. Mouth opening in shock.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:42:52

Linus I think PP is a bit too out there for me. I'm quite dull really! PP would be what I should have worn pre DS when I had a life! smile
I am still in love with Dagmar Marsha you're right. And they have the original jumper I lusted after in a plum colourway this season which I may be tempted by. Philip Lim looks fab too so I need to investigate more, and I've pinned a Duffy dress which look right up my street. thanks
If anyone sees any bargainous Acne Pistols around (other than the white ones on the Anna site) in a size 40 please PM me. I can't get them out of my head now!

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:43:31

I won't buy from American Apparel after reading an interview with the owner a few months back. He is an arse.

QueenCadbury Sun 25-Aug-13 20:43:38

Evening. I'm afraid I don't know designers enough to say who I would/n't buy. Except to agree with VB. Can't bear her (not that I know hergrin). Also agree with the high st collaborations. I'm sure it's just the designer lending their name to something rather than having had anything to do with it. I love Kate moss but feel she's sold out by doing so many things especially the car phone warehouse stuff.

I had a fabulous shopping trip and bought a few things. Dh is rather bemused as I had said I would wait until october before buying anything else (as if that was ever going to happen grin).

Anyway grey flats, black trousers-I had these last year but they got pulled by a friends cat. They will get chopped so that they are 7/8th length. Tee which is a much nicer shade of grey irl, navy modern blazer from gap (not on web) and libertys red/cobalt scarf from gap which may go back as not sure it's really me.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:44:44

I wish I did look like Jennifer C Linus. You've seen the pic on my profile right?

LinusDKD Sun 25-Aug-13 20:49:54

I know mig! I read an article about him a couple of years ago and he seems to be a grade A sleazebag.

LOVE that Dagmar jumper shop! I am really tempted to pin it as well but I seem only to be able to wear jumpers with a low neckline and that looks a bit too high for me.

I wore the blue I&I cashmere jumper (outnet clearance bargain) for the first time today and even though the colour is stunning I had to wear a scarf to break up the jumper because it made me look like a bright blue brick.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:50:54

QueenC your tee link links to the trousers..... (Which look great BTW)

LinusDKD Sun 25-Aug-13 20:52:55

Just throw on a black wig and you could be sisters * shop*!

Thinking of her has made me think of Paul Bettany......

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:54:31

Which Dagmar Linus? The purple? Don't want to link on here as I lost out last time <still bitter>

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 20:56:23

Linus was it you who linked to a Scandi shop in London a while back? Remind me of the name of it?

LinusDKD Sun 25-Aug-13 21:01:00

Yep, it was me: www.alvalondon.com/

And yes, that's the jumper. Such a lovely colour for winter.

noviceoftheday Sun 25-Aug-13 21:01:33

Evening! I don't think I have any designer that is on my never buy from, although not a massive fun of Stella.

I am not a purist about designers and so will go against the trend here and say that there are a couple of VB dresses that I have considered in the past because I really liked them. They are damn expensive though so haven't been persuaded to part with the cash so far.

QueenCadbury Sun 25-Aug-13 21:04:57

Oops, sorry, had to put ds to bed so was rushing!

tee which as I said is a lovely grey irl.

The black trousers I also bought in navy which being straight legged rather than skinny are a very flattering fit for me. I also bought the Fossil green belt which for some reason won't open on the website. I need to have a play with it as I'm not used to green.

I also may have found the dress. Not linking yet though as need to order online as there were some fit issues (let's just say I must definitely be a pear) over my hips and I want to order 2 just to see if one comes up slightly bigger! Will link when I have.

I tried on loads of other things. Gap curvy jeans were lush as they are mid/high rise until I looked at my back view. Because of where the pockets are they make my arse look huge. Such a shame as from the front they were very flattering.

I've decided that I'm definitely not a person to colour block! Trying on 2 bright colours together definitely looks too try hard on me so I'm going to focus on coloured accessories.

M&s didn't seem to have anything inspiring despite all the press about it. I may join the bra threads to have a whine as there were no 30f at all, in fact nothing under a 32 back at all.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 21:06:47

Lovely tee QueenC. I can do colour blocking in darker colours, but not brighter ones.

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 21:07:23

QueenC I have worn that scarf 4 times this week!!

I find the designer chat really interesting - it's something I have only paid attention to very recently. I would never buy anything very bling or with obvious logos and my inner nag would never let me spend too much either! I find myself drawn to French high street brands like Gerard Darel, Agnes B and Sandro and also American designers like DVF and Michael Kors. I like the Scandi look, like Acne, but wouldn't be able to resist the urge to dress in all up with a pretty scarf or necklace which probably isn't in keeping with the look. smile

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 21:10:18

And you look great in it Liberty

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 21:13:35

In beauty news, I used this mask today. And for the first time EVER DH said my skin looked great! He didn't even say that when I had a course of micro dermabrasion so it must be good!

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 21:15:12

Thanks for the compliment Linus I'll take it even if you're joking! And for the link to Alva.

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 21:15:40

Ah thanks shop - I do love those colours.

QueenCadbury Sun 25-Aug-13 21:20:26

libery I do love it and spotted it ages ago but I'm just not really a scarf person. I will have a play with it before I decide because I want it to love me back but not sure it does!

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 21:22:26

Another fan of Sandro. Also an honorable mention to Heimstone, Zadig & Voltaire, Comptoir Des Cotonniers and Vanessa Bruno. And the Kooples (adore my Kooples skirts)...

Ooh yes, I'll add Maje and Sandro.

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 21:30:47

At last count I had 23 scarves blush. I feel naked all summer without them smile

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 21:36:45

I struggle with scarves. I love them, but I only really wear one - my Mulberry feather print. I buy lots, but get limited use. Probably need to knock that addiction on the head....
but I love this

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 21:41:51

I love scarves and have really missed wearing them in this heat. Have had to console self with weaving them through bag handles.

I dread to count mine. I have three McQueen skull prints alone, two mid blue, one white. Current favourite is an Edina Ronay pale lime leopard print silk cotton. I have A Yves Klein blue and white strip silk wound around the straps of my vintage Cerruti suede tote here. The scarf's an old JPG.

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 21:46:47

That's very pretty Shop. I need to throw out some scarves - mine are mostly cheap and cheerful (primarni, H&M etc) and I tend to get fixated with one and wear it to death. The Gap scarf is viscose and I had promised myself that this autumn I was going to buy something more upmarket in better fabric but the colours were too lovely to pass.

I love this MBMJ scarf that Linus has.

MrsRadicchio Sun 25-Aug-13 21:47:43

I love this scarf but don't really suit them myself. Love the print on that one.

I was psyching myself to buy this sweatshirt from atterley road (with 20% off!) but it sold out in the meantime angry

MrsRadicchio Sun 25-Aug-13 21:49:03

Oh just realised the scarf is out of stock - I had hoped Liberty would buy it smile

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 21:50:04

Is that the Edina Ronay one you got in TKMaxx Mig? My favourite scarf last year was a lovely wool pink polka dot scarf from a Scottish brand I can't remember the name of (they mostly do golfing clothes grin). I'll probably wear it a lot this year too as it's very light but very toasty.

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 21:52:10

That's lovely MrsR - I would have been tempted! I need to get to Liberty soon and have a browse through a good selection of them.

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 21:53:13

What a shame about the sweater MrsR

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 22:00:08

Liberty - well remembered. TK Maxx is great for scarfs. They had loads of T M Lewin and Ballantyne cashmere ones last Winter. And Valentino, DVF and Calvin Klein. All for under £24.

Love the Paul Smith MrsR. Just beautiful.

I'm home! And it's sunny...and I've done all my washing pathetic to be so excited about that, but hey ho

MU outfits pound great....

linus good Sunday night question. Not sure I can answer though. I guess for me anything grungy,masculine, shapeless and a bit out there.....

But I'm going to stick my neck out and say I like a lot of VB's dresses, don't care whether she designs them or not, if I had the job and cash I'd be investing and this autumn there are a lot of less corporate/House wives of Beverley Hills dresses that I'd love (if I had the cash)

I've never really got excited about DvF sorry

Agree that Pucci and Versace look a bit WAG.

I'm interested and surprised at what's been said about Stella. I've never really got her and hate plastic shoes although I think she looks stunning in this beautiful piece of tailoring thought you'd all love her because she's so cool.

I guess I would not buy grungy,shapeless, masculine or anything too out there.

Amber I actually love Prada and MuiMui. Missonni in small doses ( scarves in TK Maxx were all synthetic)

And I love Henry Holland's hair!

Libery plenty more stories.........at the MU I'll tell you my red wine storywink

P.s is anyone just itching to get buying A/W or is it just me? Always happens when I get home rom summer hols.

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 22:03:45

TKMaxx has some oversize wool 'Moschino Cheap and Chic' scarves in this week - navy and black for £69 - looked great quality, horrible label though - I'd cut it off!

Ooh I really should read my contributions before posting!

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 22:04:09

Welcome home Dry. YY I'm longing for cold, sunny, crisp days now.

libertychick Sun 25-Aug-13 22:07:04

I'm itching to wear my jumpers again Dry. I like MuiMui too but alas way out of my price range.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 22:07:33

Yes can't wait - fresh, sunny and crisp. Some new clothes to go with it.

I love Stella M stuff, just not the plastic. Maje, Sandro, Bruno and Celine how could I forget (again!).

MrsRadicchio Sun 25-Aug-13 22:10:48

Do matches send out discount codes? Have just registered with them, and they are selling my sweatshirt!

I am looking forward to wearing AW clothes too.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 22:11:41

MrsR what a shame about the sweater, perfect for you, bah!

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 22:12:05

Only if you're a regular shopper MrsR (which I'm not!)

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 22:12:39

Xpost! I don't think they do. Not until sale preview.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 22:21:57

Do they do regular ones, not sale preview? I don't get those either.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 22:22:13

Brilliant chat on here tonight ladies. 26 degrees tomorrow so the legs may be out again......

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 22:24:06

Yup. There are presale ones knocking about I think. Novice has been a lucky recipient in the past, and Decam from memory.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 22:25:32

Don't you remember? We got ours last of the last?

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 22:26:15

Or perhaps that was just me smile

Decameron Sun 25-Aug-13 22:30:27

Matches do occasionally do codes apart from sales preview.

Shop, I love Pistols, have them in black and tempted to buy another colour (if the house we are after falls through!).

Nice shopping, QueenC, I like the shoes a lot.

I love Prada and Miu Miu (though only have accessories), and American designers like DVF and DKNY, I love everything I've bought from them still. I have quite a few nice scarves as well, some from my mother and some I've bought. I love the upper eastside look.

I've never bought anything from Topshop so wouldn't buy from their collaborations either. Cavalli and Versace are not my cup of tea either, even if I had the cash. I would go for Roland Mouret rather than VB, not that it is going to happen anyway!

Gorgeous bags tonight, Amber.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 22:31:15

Oh yes I remember being on the 'and everyone else' list grin. But is that just before the sale. Do they do start of season or other random times?

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 22:33:03

Decam how long have your Pistols lasted you? Do you wear them hard? Trying to work out CPW as I do live in boots so might be able to justify.....

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 22:33:03

Ah thanks Decam.

Which pistols would you go for? I'm thinking that tan colour if I do.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 22:35:07

And yours Marsha you say you're rough on shoes.... Have they lasted?

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 22:39:03

I'm afraid they lasted a season, both times. But yes I walk a lot and wear everything out.

shopafrolic Sun 25-Aug-13 22:42:40

Oh dear! Am off to sleep on it......

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 22:44:53

Oh don't let me put you off, I ruin shoes.

I bet they last forever on others.

My Pistols are still going strong after nearly 2 years but I have many boots.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 22:56:07

Dry I'm not a fan of Stella the person as she comes across as being a bit snotty and 'mean girl'. Also a little confused as to how she got Kate Moss modelling her graduate collection considering she claims to be an 'ordinary' jobbing designer wink....She has worked hard I admit and did her Saville Row dues but without the famous Father, would be interesting to see how well she'd have done.

I do think the offspring of the famous can be very disingenuous about the leg ups they receive.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 22:56:59

She's wearing a William Pearl corset under that suit Dry....

Decameron Sun 25-Aug-13 23:00:01

Shop, I think I have had mine about a year, they still look good. Marsha, yes, I think the tan colour too.

The Matches codes - I got one last autumn I think as I hadn't bought from them in a while, 20% off. They don't give them out too often, sadly!

Decameron Sun 25-Aug-13 23:01:06

Mignonette, completely agree about Stella.

MarshaBrady Sun 25-Aug-13 23:02:23

Yes Stella got a massive leg up, I agree. Probably some top rate help there on the way too. How to build the brand all that.

I usually wear my shoes to death each season and then have a few that I wear less frequently. Eg the Lanvin wedges are still fine but they aren't much more robust than the pistols.

So Shop. don't worry about the pistols, they should be fine.

Decameron Sun 25-Aug-13 23:06:03

Shop, I wear them a couple of times a week. Really comfortable. But avoid the mum boots threads, some people hate them!

Mig the stuff you know!shock how the heck do ou know about her corset? hmm
I had the most beautiful dress based on a 1950s Style, all nipped in waist, 3/4 sleeve,slashed neck and pencil skirt, made for my sister's wedding, it had a built in corset...bloody amazing .

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 23:22:38

My head is full of useless bits of information Dry... I recall an interview with Mr Pearl when he named some of his clients. His corsets have a very specific shape and peering closely at that suit, she has either copied it or is wearing one as I think I can see its form underneath. He wears a corset too- scroll down this article to see Mr Pearl. T'is a little creepy TBH.

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 23:25:37

Sorry, here it is again.

Wow and hmm Mig

mignonette Sun 25-Aug-13 23:53:37

Jaw dropping. Think Stella was heading up Chloe when she encountered him. Kylie Minogue used him too for her tour. Makes me think of the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories where she watched Ma and her Aunt lacing each others corsets by bracing their feet against the bed post as they pulled on the corset strings! Ouch....

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 06:38:49

So i've dragged myself out of of bed (kicked by dh more like!) to get up with dd2 and said to her 'I love you'. 'I love daddy' she replied. Nothing like a bit of gratitude grin.

dry welcome home. envy that you've done all your washing. I've got one load left to go! Totally understand about the AW clothes excitement post holiday hence my shopping trip yesterday.

Interesting scarf chat. I think I'm probably better off starting plain so will return the gap one and lookout for a cobalt scarf. foxy remind me where yours was from? Also foxy do you like Lakeland as we're getting one at the mall. I fear I will now have less money for clothes as I'll be buying baking stuff!

After buying suede shoes I've realised I don't know how to look after them. Do I just spray them with something?

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 08:03:08

Morning all
QueenC get some suede protector spray and use liberally regularly, and a suede brush to clean dirt and stop the suede going flat and shiny.
Friends coming over for a BBQ today so need to get prepped. Enjoy the rest of your BH weekend ladies

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 08:11:22

Shop if you've not left the building (metaphorically). What did you think of the designers I picked?

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 08:12:19

Those corset images are grim aren't they!

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 08:19:59

LOVED them Marsha - sorry, maybe you didn't see my feedback bit as got carried away with other chat. They got me thinking that me dressing in a minimalist way isn't necessarily a bad thing i.e. I don't need to dress things up if it's not me.
Particularly loved Acne (but worry about the colours for me.....), Phillip Lim was fab and I do definitely love Dagmar - the colours, shapes and prints. I've pinned lots of lovely stuff....
thanks lots to think about..... (I actual dreamt about it too!)

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 08:26:59

Oh yes you did Shop I did miss it! And also didn't realise you we're a 40 in the pistol. Annoying the 40 is a tad big for me and the 39 is too small they are quite big for their size.

Really pleased you like them. Dressing in a minimalist way can be a wonderful thing.

I think I visualise everyone's names with designers, helps remember the style.

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 08:32:13

That's because you know your designer stuff! I'm still learning! Thank you again though, our MU conversation, window shopping and then the designer links have given me lots to think about. Now my wardrobe base is set I think I only need a few items a year..... considering what I used to spend on 20+ bits from Whistles / A&W / high street a year, I could definitely get 2 or 3 better quality designer bits instead.....
So my focus for A/W is Pistols and a chunky knit. (and possibly one day dress).

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 08:39:26

Good idea. Then you can just add over time. Winter is a great time to buy stuff you really love (and might cost a bit more). I'll probably do a couple of full price things, then top up with outnet speciale and then sale stuff.

Mignonette don't mention Little House on The Prairie.....I'll start wailing! [Grin] Was brought up on that show (and the Waltons) at times I thought they were my own family! Was distraught when Michael Landon died IRL....never seen a man weep soooo much! And I haven't recovered from Mary going blind.....what a shocker shock

QueenC the problem now is I have to iron it all.

Shop In Style Oct issue has an add by Jaeger with a lovely
chunky polo neck, not in stock yet, but might be Roth keeping an eye out.

Sunday Times style...p11 animal slippers by Hobbs, hope the M and S ones pick up Wed look similar.

And a "blirt" blouse/shirt to go with your skort,coatigan, jeggings, etc....the ever changing vernacular of fashion.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 08:41:09

And thanks! thanks I can't help it you all trip across the thread looking fantastic in my head. (Sure you do in reality too).

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 08:42:02

Dry I saw those, they looked great.

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 08:46:29

Talking of slipper shoes, I tried some on yesterday. I really did look like I was wearing slippers grin. I was going to try brogues on but looking at them I jut knew they weren't me. If they were I think these are lovely.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 08:50:22

They are lovely QueenC.

Annianni Mon 26-Aug-13 08:53:30

I got a good suede brush from John Lewis, QueenC.
It's double sided and I use the rubber side on my Uggs.

Give them a good spray before you wear them.

Marsha who are mine then? I thought I knew about designers until I came in this thread.
Hadn't heard of Maje or Sandro but have googled and could imagine Shop in them

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 08:57:09

Dry off top of my head you are Erdem. Pretty and chic. I'm going to see if I can do that thing where I find everyone an outfit... I may be some time.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 08:59:03

And what about classic Chanel? Need something else too, for balance.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 09:00:24

And something young and fresh because you are not stuffy- Carven.

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 09:01:57

Ooh yes, I'd be interested to see what you choose for me.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 09:07:37

QueenC that last jumpsuit was perfect (poly aside), that classic but contemporary look. It was DvF but I don't think DvF sums you up.

So far Roland Mouret, DvF but not all if it the straighter stuff and Alaia. Your style is quite elusive, in a good way, very refined.

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 09:08:12

Morning all.

Reminiscing about Little House.....I have the Little House cookbook here and have ordered a travel book where the author goes on a pilgrimage to all the Little House sites here.And I have the Waltons boxsets grin....

I am very happy to be buying Winter clothes as this is my season. I took a parka to the beach yesterday and had a few happy moments wearing it over bare legs, my Hasbeens, a striped tube knee length skirt and floppy grey marl sweatshirt (Channelling 'Fame') until I overheated.

I need a coat, a pair of boots, a pair of Winter shoes and some
separates in winter weights. I too love the pared back Scandi look but I also like colour. Vera Moda was a much loved High Street brand for me when it opened because of the simple styles w/ muted colours-all ashes of roses, Gustavian and chalk blue, moss and grey (Remember The Thornbirds and the 'ashes of roses' dress Meggy wore?).

As for the new season I am really looking forward to it. I do like the Scandi aesthetic and loved Vera Moda when it first opened as it was an affordable High St version of the look with very good quality at the price point. It is a gentle introduction for those a little nervous of COS. This season I will be building a look around this &OtherStories silk shell top that I purchased several weeks ago. I am considering these as a smart work to early evening shoe and will be recycling last years little black skirt here which will go with both of those items plus everything else!

I did think about a pink coat but have decided this is an ephemeral 'fashion' look and probably will not last and I tend to want my coats to bridge several years. I don't wear coats much as overheat very easily so they tend to last. I cannot bear wearing belted coats as I fidget with them too much so am looking for either a straight car coat or a curved cocoon with normal shoulders. Stella's oversized shoulders are for runway models, not me.

Queen I'm not suited to slippers either. I look like I forgot to put my shoes on.

MrsRadicchio Mon 26-Aug-13 09:08:16

shop what you said about buying a couple of expensive items a season and building up a classic wardrobe is what I would ideally like to do.

post colours, I am planning a wardrobe cull, then will see what I need.

I do love buying new things though, so I need to retrain myself to "buy less, buy well".

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 09:09:06

Hope I'm not completely off btw and you're all thinking no way grin

Look forward to my outfit Marsha. I like Erdem a lot, don't have any yet . Chanel of course--will never own-- Just checked out MuiMui on Nap and would wear most of it !

The only item I actually "need" is a washable padded parka with hood for freezing playground ....will spend. Bought the MN favourite Merrell Wakefield last year (Unpadded) and its the best performance coat ever....but in freezing weather not warm enough.

Other than that I want to invest in a few pieces for work, have ear marked shoes, boots, a couple of skirts and a couple of jumpers.

What I "want" list is evolving......wink

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 09:24:24

Stunning coat by Rick Owens. Very expensive though.

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 09:37:10

marsha just looked up some alaia stuff as I thought it was all a bit out there for me but this is absolutely stunning.

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 09:39:35

RM is lovely but I'm afraid that nowadays I just associate it with carol vorderman. If only she selected dresses that fitted then they would look fine.

Basically I think dry is the opposite to me style-wise grin No bad thing!

mig I agree on the coat thing. Anyone wearing a powder pink coat next year is going to look dated. I bought a coat last year - classic black, tailored single-breasted wool/cashmere mix Calvin Klein. Quite masculine in style. I don't normally go nuts for classic styles but I love this one. I would like a coat in a 'colour' at some point to mix it up a bit though - probably blue/purple/burgundy.

Just bought the kids little down-fill gilets from the new Uniqlo kids collection - they love them and refuse to take them off. DD (2) is running round wearing hers over a bare chest! Also bought them each a new pair of Superga in the sale. At least I can shop vicariously.

I could see QueenC doing a bit of Jil Sander

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 09:45:06

Yes scrap RM forgot about Voderman ruining that one. Jil Sander is perfect. I couldn't think of a clean lines designer.

Now you have to do all of us Marsha. I'd love to know mine. I really like the Marant dress by the way, could definitely imagine you looking great in it. Maybe not with the tartan heels however, I'm not going that far off piste grin.

With the chat about designers people would never buy, I have been pondering the question in Migs quiz that I found hardest and never answered, the one about one designer only. The clothes that make me swoon are the likes of Valentino, Lanvin and Alberta Ferretti, however even if I could afford them, they wouldn't exactly fit into my life! If I had Novice's job I think I would dress mainly in Roland Mouret, Armani and DVF. For my actual life, Balmain would be fab, but obviously £££!

In terms of not buying, I wouldn't rule out any particular designer per we but I know what doesn't suit me, for example Marni (too directional) and Cavalli ( too sexy) and Jil Sander (too severe/androgynous).

Now that I have wifi again I am going to start pinning my A/W wishlist smile

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 09:47:49

*Ahh Amber. Uniqlo kids stuff makes me sad I do not have a little child around anymore. How sweet. I so loved those years of dressing up the children and it goes so fast. Lovely to go shopping w/ adult children though and my Daughters face when I say "Let me get that for you". She works so hard, has always worked so hard. I'm going to buy her some plaid pants this week as she has been ill (cluster headaches) yet has soldiered into work at 3 a.m every day to bake bread and make patisserie. She'll have her own store one day.

That coat sounds luxurious too. I once had a cream cashmere belted coat given to me by my Mother. It sits in the spare room shrouded in a dry cleaner bag as too scared to wear it in case I 'kill it'. I twirl round the house in it sometimes. It needs to be worn with insoucience. I am not an insoucient person. smile....

I have a question, following on from the designer ones...if you could only shop in two high street chains, one high end, one lower, what would they be? Mine would be Zadig and Zara.

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 09:52:15

Down filled gilets are fab. My kids love them too. I have this. Not the most stylish but great for that in between weather whilst at the park with dc and great for driving as no bulky sleeves.

I mentioned yesterday that I tried on a dress. My size was rather snug around the hips (think Carole vorderman) but the next size up was huge. I've just ordered 2 in my size in the hope that one of them may have a spare cm of fabric! It's this one. Gorgeous colour, adore the neckline as it really shows off my shoulders and arms (good bits of me). The black belt is hideous so would swap that for something else. I've been umming and aaahing about ordering it as if it fits what if I see something better I.e a jumpsuit between now and November? But equally I couldn't risk it selling out as I love it. I guess I don't have a dilemma until it arrives and see if it fits.

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 09:54:49

sleep high st would be gap. Does John Lewis count as high end grin? If not then no idea!

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 09:58:13

Not totally convinced by Jill sander. Reminds me cos in that it could either look amazing or look like a sack of spuds. The sort of clothes that definitely need trying on.

Obviously if I had the lifestyle elie Saab and his gorgeous evening gowns would be my preferred designer.

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 09:59:30

any of these would do just fine thanks.

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 10:05:14

Oh, to get married again

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 10:06:45

Sleep. Good choices. I have an idea about how you dress from that. I coveted a Ferretti olive green pleated vaguely twenties style dress worn by Amber Valetta et al on the runway back in 2003. I wanted it as my Wedding dress sigh.

So romantic. I think Carven (as Marsha namechecked) would be a good compromise between feminine yet functional. The designer specifically addressed the crazy price points of other designers (Times Style yesterday) and seems to want to be sold as opposed to being lusted after from afar. I think Christopher Kane in his toned down looks would be a good designer too for you Sleep. When he does romantic here , it is so different.

Rodarte can be dreamy too especially their seafoam dresses. The level of detail in their work is couture. When you see it in the flesh it takes your breath away.

QueenC love the Alaia dress....forest green is one of my fav colours.
Carol V is a beautiful lady but by god she really does need to dress a bit better . Saw her IRL once and couldn't stop looking at her.....all boobs and bum and sooooo tall, didn't seem as nice as on telly. sad

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 10:12:02

Queen Take the dress to a dressmaker and get it tailored to fit. That way it'll look fantastic. Good call on removing the belt-that is advice a lot of fashion people adhere to.

Blimey Sleep what High St stores? I think possibly &Other Stories or Kooples for higher end and for lower you can't beat New Look for some really good cotton sweaters/cardigans, T's, Espadrilles and pants. As long as you check the fabric composition, I am wearing stuff from there that is on its fourth year. Not bad for a £9,99 cardigan!

LinusDKD Mon 26-Aug-13 10:18:37

Black Ash Spirals on the Outnet!

LinusDKD Mon 26-Aug-13 10:31:58

queenc I love those brogues but I don't hink I suit them. Church's often have lovely brogues, I once saw a patent leather pair when shopping for shoes for DH.

Hobbs have a nice cobalt scarf I pinned a while ago, maybe you should have a look?

I won't tell you how many scarves I own (some lovely Dries van Noten scarves passed down from DM) but I always seem to wear the same ones. blush

LOVE Elie Saab! He has a store in Geneva and I'm always tempted to go in but I'm not really his target audience.

marsha please do me too!

sleep my high street shop would have to be Massimo Dutti but I'll have to think about the high end one a bit more.

MrsR I think I have seen that MiH jumper elsewhere but I can't remember where. Will have a think and let you know.

<off to look at Uniqlo kids>

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 10:41:33

Poor Marsha! Look what started! Easier because you've met me.......

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 10:43:49

Ok here goes, have fired up the Mac. Multiple windows open.

Sleep you are absolutely Balmain, but also thrown in the luxurious Gucci (not the logo stuff) and McQueen for some drama. And some Marant or Rag&Bone for every day and Drome leather leggings. this and Balmain. Balmain very strong on NaP this season, could probably get something more you. And Acne, the red dress.

QueenC you are clean lines but also pretty, hence the pretty Alaia part (not too directional). You can do black and classic. Elie Saab is to die for, as they say. Some fresh CK

Dry pretty, classic and fresh. Erdem. Playing tennis. Even Erdem and Chanel have toughened up this season, you're classic Erdem and Chanel.

Mig, well you know loads about your style. But Marni and Prada (the difficult to wear stuff). Some clashing Celine. This colour jumper. this. here

MrsR you are cool, fresh and stylish. So Maje, who else? you can do print and print. here.

Liberty you are fresh, French and pretty. So Maje, Sandro and Vanessa Bruno. here, here or maybe here

Amber you know your style more than I could, but you are Wang, Maje, Rocco and Chanel Boy. here

And any one up for this the colour!

this is stunning someone claim this. And this Preen

Ok link overload! Anyone else? I can do anyone but I am fading! And if I am wrong won't go on. grin

Morning ladies. I return from a near 24 hours of sleep. I wish I was kidding but I spent the whole of yesterday near enough in bed.

I'd be curious as to which designers you lovely lot would dress me in. I have a very high street aesthetic so it would be interesting who you think would work within that

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 10:44:28

Ok Linus hang on, I just said to dh take the dc take the dc, I need to do this. Who needs a job eh? wink

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 10:45:09

Ok One you're pretty easy as grunge is in. Back soon.

Amber I was thinking the same thing! But I sometimes see your blog and think "I'd wear that"! I've bought a few bits you've recommended (Gold Gigis, Clarks snakeskin sandals with block heel).
MNV has defo encouraged me to try items out of my comfort zne ( biker jkt, albeit in stone).......only a matter of time before i get some pistols i guess.
Nice to have different styles though......bet you'll all be expecting me to turn up at MU in a flowery dress! Most of the time my uniform is skinny jeans though.
QueenC you introduced me to Ellie Saab evening wear...it's stunning, like you I'd wear any of it.

I'm finding these questions difficult......I'm a flitter generally, like bits from all over the place. Will have to think. Can I have a department store or would that be cheating Sleep?

Mig that CKane dress is beautiful. I am also a complete sucker for a bit of sparkle! Funnily enough I spotted an Alberta Ferretti ad recently and thought of you, woman with a beautiful burgundy dress (looked a bit like felt type fabric) with appliqué on shoulder and hip iirc. I think it was in this month's Elle, will try and link.

Yep, I love Elie Saab too, and Marchesa. I really wanted a Marchesa dress as wedding dress but simply too £££ and OTT for the type of wedding I had.

Department stores cheating grin!

Nice Marsha!!! You must be exhausted!
This is all my style

here is the dress Mig, red, sure it was darker in the ad but still beautiful.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 10:57:12

It was pretty quick as all on my looks I like board. Scouring through Matches and NaP was taking too long!

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 11:02:34

That Balmain is probably too strong for you Sleep, very full on this season. More Kate Moss era.

LinusDKD Mon 26-Aug-13 11:07:07

No rush marsha, no need to neglect the DC! wink

That A. Feretti dress is lovely sleep and I also love Marchesa. Georgina Chapman is another twin sister of mine...

I wanted a kneelength Monique Huillier dress with a coloured sash as a belt as a wedding dress but I couldn't find any shop that sold her at the time and probably too ££££ anyway.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 11:08:37

Ha yeah am having a break now. Am outside in the sunshine.

LinusDKD Mon 26-Aug-13 11:12:23

Monique Lhuillier rather.

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 11:17:33

Clever Marsha Would you believe it that I was admiring the Etro print campaign in US Vogue last night? I was wondering whether that luxe printed Velvet look was for me

Ochre is me. Not so keen on the print pants-the cut and print is not quite what I go for but everything else. Very clever. And that backless dress is to die for. I am quite girly in that I will incorporate a bit of pretty in the most austere of outfits. I love colour and yes I do go for the difficult to wear in colour/cut Marsha but I'd wear an odd Fugly colour in a pretty dress IYKWIM?

Prada and Marni yes, yes, yes but Christopher Kane is THE artiste as far as I'm concerned because he moves fashion on. I love layering colour and texture and the juxtaposition of a lace bottomed shirt under a tweed or woollen sweater with a sharply cut and folded skirt. The English look of tweed blazer/dress/woolly tights and blocky boots is me 'off duty' although I also do the Tuffnelll Park architect look too-Margaret Howell, Rei Kawakubo, Comme but add a little something something extra to avoid the over literal...

What doesn't suit me is floaty BoHo nor the really masculine suiting. I love the full skirted 50's style but look like a doll in that shape.

Sleep yes I'd like that Ferretti. Both colour (I suit most reds) and the trapeze shape which introduces some 'difficulty'.

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 11:18:15

L'Hullier wedding dresses.....<<<sigh>>>

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 11:21:17

Yes I wanted a tweed thing for you and a skirt like the one you pinned once. I took a big short cut working with pins I had. Some will be not quite right, a rough draft for you all to refine or change as you wish!

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 11:22:07

You did well Marsha.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 11:22:35

Ha thanks.

LinusDKD Mon 26-Aug-13 11:32:20

I WANT this cardigan

Damn you shopping ban!

Love Alberta Feretti Sleep
Need to take up tennis Marsha wink

LinusDKD Mon 26-Aug-13 11:37:39

For *mig*?

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 11:38:20

A small detail Dry wink

I need a better Balmain for Sleep, but it's all very shoulder-y

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 11:48:55

Linus That Rykiel is very Dries Van Noten like. I would wear that top with evening pants in a luxe fabric and heels. Go very Palm Beach in it.

LinusDKD Mon 26-Aug-13 11:57:43

I have to admit I have a soft spot for Sonia Rykiel as DM used to wear her designs when I was very little.

I remember her looking very stylish in SR knitwear and velours jumpers and trousers I know the mention of velour makes it sound like a Juicy Couture tracksuit but they were nothing like it.

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 12:01:05

Linus Your Mother sounds very cool. If you had photos of her wearing SR, it might be worth scanning them in and emailing them to SK because a lot of fashion houses are trying to archive their early designs. I would love to see those photos. The Sartorialist often posts photographs of people in great designs from times when there was no diarising of what we wore.

SR is the queen of knit and casual. Marant owes much to her.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 12:09:00

Actually I withdraw Sleep's Balmain, I was in a rush, hope I haven't scared you off grin

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 12:10:51

I like SR knitwear.

LinusDKD Mon 26-Aug-13 12:30:59

I'm not sure I would all her cool mig (she is my mum after all grin) but she has always had her own style and is/was very adventurous.

I also remember her wearing Iceberg, Les Copains and other very eighties brands, then she moved onto Dries Van Noten and a bit of Ann Demeulemeester and now she seems to have become a bit more conservative with her current favourite Brunello Cuccinelli (although she has bought some Hervé Leger the last couple of years)

When I was in my teens I admit that I was often embarrassed by the way she dressed as she didn't look anything like the other mums at school but now our styles seem to grow a bit more towards each other.

I am getting a bit more adventurous and she is getting more conservative.

But, oh the rows we used to have whilst shopping when I was a teenager and in my twenties!

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 14:38:53

Linus She sounds wonderful. I can imagine that as a teenager finding your own style having a Mother that stood out was not ideal. We want our Mothers to pass on the baton so to speak grin...However what a good role model about following your own path. I won't forget the look of horror on my Mothers face at some of my choices. I returned from my first university term with jet black hair wearing a Noel Coward style men's Dressing gown as a coat, high waisted pants and a crop top (it was1984). Another time she collected me from a holiday job and I ran across the car park in a men's khaki wife beater, braless boobs flying all over the place and you could have cut the air with a knife.

Anyway today I am more covered-a navy and white stripe tube skirt, an Ochre cotton cardigan and C+C California white tank worn with my pink &OtherStories sandals. Looks better than it sounds. Driving back to London tonight w/ DH so comfy clothing for the post bank holiday traffic snarl up.

santamarianovella Mon 26-Aug-13 14:38:57

Hello everyone!
Had no wifi,for the last few days! Nightmare!,we are going back home today,sad,but the idea of finally starting with A/W shopping is very exciting! I kept my promise and did no shopping at all,although I had a mini heart attack when I walked,into the celine store and saw the most gorgeous phantom luggage bag in burgundy,very similar to one I pinned to my boards.
Will do a proper catch up later,as I'm in the middle of packing .

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 14:59:16

Hi Santa...Have a safe trip home. Airport/travel shopping is the devil incarnate for forcing a Volte-Face on no shopping vows so well done.

That Celine bag is a beauty...

Train tickets booked for the October MU grin

I'm rather more colourful than usual today, I have a blue, pink and grey heavy weight full skirt on, with a fuchsia pink vest, purple cardigan and nude micro fishnets.

Hi - I like the Balmain Marsha, especially the white on the right, but you are right, it is a bit too bold a look for me not to mention the prices <faint>

Just had a big storm here so I took the chance to browse MW and NAP and update pinterest. Used my 20% loyalty discount to order the Temperley dress and red IRO jacket on here to try. I so nearly managed all of August without buying anything blushgrin.

Santa have a good trip home. Celine sounds gorgeous although you were a bit reckless going in there when supposed to be on a ban grin. I meant to mention earlier that I share your love of Pomellato jewellery, almost had three nudo rings for my birthday from DH but went for a Cartier trilogy in the end (which also goes well with my Dodo bracelet).Maybe next year wink.

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 15:43:12

Sounds good One. I do like fishnets.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 15:55:55

Gorgeous Sleep.

Linus I think you are Celine and Lanvin.

I won't put my pins as links as feel I am imposing my style too much in it all, am sure you all know what you like!

libertychick Mon 26-Aug-13 16:16:31

Marsha I love the 3 looks you have linked for me especially the third one - that bag is gorgeous.

Amber I always go shopping for DD and her many cousins when I am trying not to shop for myself!
QueenC that dress is a beautiful colour and great neckline - I agree with Mig that getting it adjusted for you would make it extra special - what length is it on you?
Will catch up better tonight - DD's TV allowance time is up and tempting as it is to just let her keep watching I had better not smile

santamarianovella Mon 26-Aug-13 16:20:43

sleep that iro jacket is on my WA list! grin,the pomellato dodo line is very pretty,I love the Capri line,but thought it was so expensive,
I was a saint when I went to the celine store,as DH said if you like it,then buy it! But honestly as pretty as it was,i need something with straps.

mig you are right,airport shopping can be very bad.

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 16:21:54

One I see you as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and a little of the Oscar De La Renta 'Infanta' style dresses w/ the tight waists and wide tulip shaped skirts to the knee, very womanly and in strong rich colours.

Here, here, here, here and here. This is lovely too as is this.

i would also put you in Carolina Herrara. This coat is you as is this dress and this dress.

Finally This flared Miu Miu skirt and the feminine designs of this house would suit your curves as does this coat with its belted waist and New Look style. This diagonal striped long skirt worn w/ a belt and balanced by a blouse with decent shoulders and a heel would suit you.

Argh Marsha, that Maje top is plaguing me - I saw it on a girl last Sept, really wanted it, you linked that pin for me, then it was in Vogue More Dash Than Cash and sold out everywhere! Still love it!

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 16:28:14

Yes One, what Mig said.

Santa sounds gorgeous.

Amber it's very you!

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 16:28:31

Or you could put a forties style sweater over that stripey Miu Miu skirt if you wanted to disguise your tummy-for all of us with PMS too. Those sweaters/cardigans with a gathered deep knitted welt at the waist are very very good at streamlining the abdomen.

Completely you Amber!

Am grin at Marsha telling DH to take the kids away so urgent mnetting can be done. Reminded me of conversation I had not long ago with DH regarding the course I am looking at doing, it's 10hrs per week. DH commented with a hmm that that was about equivalent to my mn'etting time and I couldn't disagree blush.

That's very me mig very much me. grin

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 17:31:09

RemusLupin has a Junya Watanabe black tulle kilt skirt on her Pin that i would put you in too One...

Tulle kilt sounds interesting, I shall look it up

LinusDKD Mon 26-Aug-13 18:05:08

That Watanabe tulle kilt is seriously nice!

shop this is the Maison Scotch dress I saw in a shop window and thought of you. It looks quite plain in the picture and sadly there is no picture of a model wearing it, but it looks like a very versatile dress for A/W

dress

And it 100% cotton!

Catch-up once DS is in bed.

Weird.....I bought exactly this blouse from River Island in the spring....how can Matalan now be stocking it? I've seen this before hmm

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 19:40:26

Dry Such a pretty blouse. The lace would look lovely peeking out from underneath a grey sweatshirt.

Do Matalan sell over stock?

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 19:48:07

Waves to all - just seen a fab A&W coat on my Outnet email need to have a browse.
Love all the links, Marsha you've been so busy! Love what you chose for Sleep, MrsR and Liberty especially (obvs because I've met them) and I love the tiger tee for Amber I think I've pinned that to at some point.
Sleep high street would be Whistles, although I'm struggling with their fabrics ATM. High end for me would have been Anna and the Dressing Room (not high end for some I know), but a certain someone may have shown me the light with Matches and Liberty this weekend! So if I pick a realistic one for me I'd say the DR.

MrsRadicchio Mon 26-Aug-13 19:49:07

Just worked my way through all the links. Marsha you are so right with your pins for everyone. I like mine and had pinned one of those already. I like patterned trousers and plain tops too.

One I see you as Rick Owens and Comme quirky.

Do you like this skirt?

Queen FWIW I prefer the jumpsuit to the dress. Think the jumpsuit is so chic but also a little bit of a leftfield choice, fresher, more exciting, kind of "keep em guessing" vibe!!

To answer Sleep high end high street for me used to be Whistles, though I am annoyed with their lack of natural fibres. So instead it would be chinti and parker. Low end high street - can I have charity shops? Love scouring those for bargains.

Margaret Howell is a designer I like too, but v pared down and I think suits more straight up and down shape than I am.

I love this blazer

High St for me is Gap/Uniqlo, High end high st is Maje.

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 20:01:17

Linus I love that you wandering past shop windows thinking things might suit me - it's fab thanks. Hard to tell with that dress, not sure about fringing? Would love to have seen it on a model........

LinusDKD Mon 26-Aug-13 20:02:45

dry I had the exact same thing happen to me a couple of years ago.

I bought one of my favourite dresses by Theory in London and a couple of years later I saw the exact same dress (same cut, same fabric, same colour) in a Swiss department store as part of their house brand.

I did a double take when I saw it and went to check the label and the price tag

santa you have more willpower and sense than me, going into a Céline shop, seeing a bag you lust after and not buy it.

marsha I really like Céline and Lanvin but I'm not sure they are suited for a life of baby food, baby snot and baby poo. grin

mig DM might have been adventurous with her own clothing but was less openminded when it came to my choices as a teenager.

When I did grunge (well, grunge lite) she was not very happy and there are a whole list of things she refused to buy me when I was young. Hightop Converse, Dr. Martens, Sebago boat shoes, Timberlands etc spring to mind.

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 20:03:49

great Theory leather leggings on the Outnet - similar to the ones Marsha and Sleep linked

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 20:10:22

Gah!!!!! this would have been great! but wrong size

Shop did you see the Vince sweater I linked for you the other day? It was on Shopbop iirc.

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 20:33:07

No Sleep sorry, I must have missed it - I would have replied. Will try and find your link......

foxysocks Mon 26-Aug-13 20:37:27

50% YAK?! That sounds a bit weird!

Don't worry, it was a busy thread, even for MNV! here it is. Lovely colour...

libertychick Mon 26-Aug-13 20:38:34

Sleep I really pondered your high street question! What makes it difficult is having to cover workwear as well. I think I'd go for J Crew at high end and H&M at low end...but this could change wink

Shop you need to find someone to knit that jumper for you! A good knitter could definitely copy the Gucci you originally wanted - have you got a local John Lewis? The staff in their haberdashery depts are great and could possibly recommend someone or do it themselves. The women in the haberdashery in Liberty are excellent and the couple I have chatted to are very keen knitters who once again could recommend or even do it for you. I would estimate that decent yarn for a jumper like that would cost around £70 - I have no idea what someone would charge to do it.

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 20:41:13

grin Foxy how are you doing?

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 20:43:20

That's a lovely colour Sleep, great neck too, but I want the knit to be more ribbed blush <fussy cow>. Need to take a closer look at Vince though as that's a few pieces I've liked now.

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 20:44:57

That's a good call Liberty

libertychick Mon 26-Aug-13 20:45:41

Sleep Temperley dress and IRO jacket are great smile well done on the August restraint wink

QueenCadbury Mon 26-Aug-13 20:46:18

marsha you are fab at picking clothes for other people.

one yay, I look forward to meeting you.

mig I did consider buying the larger size and getting it taken in but I know nothing of dressmaking so not sure whether it's possible.

mrsR the more I think about it, the more I want a jumpsuit. However I really cannot justify the price tag of the dvf as it's over 300. I'm hoping that something in a more realistic price band will turn up.

MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 20:49:34

Glad you like the links! I was feeling a bit bad about dumping my entire 'looks I like board' on the thread. Well not quite the entire board.

Vince do lots of jumpers like that Shop worth having a look.

Sleep haha it went something like this.
Why are you going on the Mac?
I need to do something.
What?
Nothing
What?
It's important. For my friends! Ten minutes! So I need it to be quiet.

My high end High St is J Crew / Maje and Sandro. My low end is oh blimey, I want to say outnet clearance sales. But will go with & Other Stories. Or is that mid?

MrsR I love those looks and I love that skirt.

Sorry I'm slow tonight ladies, I think I've picked up a bug somewhere this past week and it's wiping me out. I went to bed at half nine last night, slept til nine this morning and have had five hours worth of naps since then! Hopefully I'll feel more on the ball tomorrow.

I look forward to meeting you too QueenC smile

Umlauf Mon 26-Aug-13 20:59:55

Evening! Thanks for the people tree skirt link mrsR I love the print but its £10 delivery to Spain (grr) so I'm umming and ahhing. It could be a gem but it could be really thin fabric (I need a lot of hoicking in at the best of times never mind post cb!). Anyone seen it in the flesh? On another thread remus recommended this whistles one and Atterley Rd delivers intrenationally for free! Other options are still the me&em one or the Alexander wang one which are ££ and I don't know how long I'll stay one size for, hoping for some hip shrinkage when I'm allowed back to the gym...

shop I would definitely recommend having things copied. My SIL is Thai and the haberdasheries there are excellent, whenever she goes I give her a couple of my best dresses and she has them copied in another fabric or colour for me. I have a Vivienne Westwood bustle dress which is so flattering in about 8 different versions now!

Loving the designer talk, I'm still learning so no idea who I would be, but if I had to choose one high street it would be whistles (fits without fail) or all saints. I'm into Balenciaga ATM as I live in his home town and there is a fab museum with hundreds of pieces including royal wedding dresses and they are divine. I'm pushing for a city bag as a push present/Xmas, and DH hasn't said no outright...!

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:00:27
MarshaBrady Mon 26-Aug-13 21:02:47

I loved this first time round.

foxysocks Mon 26-Aug-13 21:06:01

Hey shop! And everyone else.

Have missed tons so just diving in this end of the thread. I am shattered and aching, but very happy. I adore my teacher and all my friends from the world over have gathered in London so it's fun! No shopping though, too trashed from practice.

i still really want a dress like that whistles one i tried. But I think I can do better for £100. Must be knee length or just above, short sleeves, cocoon ish shape ideally with pockets. Loved the pockets. Cotton or at least good cotton content. Print or plain in navy or khaki as main colours. His anyone seen ANYTHING that fits the bill?

This is the whistles one liked but was too big and mainly viscose <sweaty>

www.johnlewis.com/whistles-adrianne-ink-dress-ink/p561355?navAction=jump

I love both those jumpers shop and marsha I struggle with jumpers as they are either cut too short so land on my widest point or they are so long they swamp me in material. I admire from afar and stick to cardigans these days grin

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:07:48

Umlauf I think Hopefully has that Whistles skirt and has recommended it in the past.......I wish I had a SIL who could knit!

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:08:57

Glad it's going well Foxy you sound super happy. Have you tried Cos?

Hmm, foxy I swear I saw something similar enough that I thought it was the same dress on the HoF website. It may have been sale stock though but might be worth a look, memory tells me it wasn't a whistles dress I saw but it was definitely very similar.

foxysocks Mon 26-Aug-13 21:09:57

No I haven't, but good call! Where is the nearest to kings x- is it cogent garden?

foxysocks Mon 26-Aug-13 21:11:05

Cogent ffs. Covent!

Will look at hof, thanks OLL.

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:15:14

Yup. There's a store at Covent Garden. Picadilly Line. Come out of tube, turn left, past UGG store, keep going and it's on the right from memory?

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:15:59

Or stocked in Selfridges.....

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:17:03

Long Acre, it's in Long Acre

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:17:14

On not in

Umlauf Mon 26-Aug-13 21:18:17

I've just found this similar by Malene Birger one and this completly different chinti & Parker one... I think it's between the whistles and the Malene Birger... Not sure if the Malene Birger is a bit too eveningy. Also trying to work out if rushing adds bulk or hides sins!

foxysocks Mon 26-Aug-13 21:18:22

I think cov garden will be easier. Might go tomorrow after practice, there are lots of contenders on their website but I find it tricky to buy cos online. Good call, shop, thank you!! Am excited for tomorrow now.

libertychick Mon 26-Aug-13 21:19:31
shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:22:00

I think it hides sins Umlauf but the skirt is polyester - not sure if you mind that? I love the Chinti one and have eyed that up in the past in a different colour way.

Right, I've been thinking all day about shopping no shit and low end would be Gap,Uniqlo and H and M . I buy a lot of basics from these shops.
I don't go bonkers high end tbh, just copy looks I see in high st shops most of the time.
Matches, LK Bennet, R and Bromley. Although not high end Warehouse and Oasis I do well in, they fit me.

Well.......I couldn't wait naughty me so I've started my A/W colour blocking for work shopping.
this jumper in pink and green with 20%off and free d and r
this skirt

Wednesday I'm going to look at a red skirt and also fancy cobalt blue . I'm also going to check out these shoes and these shoes
Grey wooly tights.

I would like an orange fine knit sweater too...Uniqlo?

With that lot I'll get a loads of outfits;

Red skirt, pink sweater
Red skirt, orange sweater
Blue skirt, green sweater
Blue skirt, orange sweater
Purple skirt, pink sweater
Purple skirt, orange sweater

I have grey and black fine knits obv.
Don't think I'll do red skirt, green sweater...might look like a christmas elf ! grin
Don't think they'll miss me at work!!wink and will be safe in fog.

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:24:36

And at the zoo Dry!
Nice.

libertychick Mon 26-Aug-13 21:30:02

Great ideas Dry purple skirt is gorgeous....hmmmm...I have been hankering after a navy Cos skirt but purple would give some new options...

Shop if you are near a radio there is a programme on ATM about the Manchester scene on Absolute Radio 90's

Love the purple skirt dry I can see it looking fab with pink.

Umlauf Mon 26-Aug-13 21:32:19

I've ordered the chinti&parker one and the whistles one :-) thanks for all the help, I'll feed back soon!

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:35:09

Sounds good Umlauf. I keep considering the Whistles one myself so do let us know how it is.

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 21:37:01

Dry - Great COS skirt. That has got to be the most flexible separate.

UMlauf Very envious of the Balenciaga Museum. We are going to Seville then driving around for a bit in October before flying on to Germany to see my baby niece and older niece. Don't suppose Balenciaga will be found there but hoping to score some Loewe or similar leather accessories. Love the smell of a Loewe store. As a Spanish resident, can you recommend some other good Spanish leather goods?

Foxy Good to hear from you and you sound chipper.

One See how things go re sleep, it may just be a glitch but go see the GP if the sleepiness doesn't resolve. You might need your meds tweeking/checking. Take care of yourself.

Of course it may all look crap and have to go back! But I'm a glass half full girl so Im hopeful!

Shop I might over excite the gorillas in some of those colour combos! Will stick to khaki on day trips to the zoo

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:43:23

I only said zoo because of Amber's comment about her neon parka being spottable (real word?).

I will mig last time it happened I did need my meds adjusting as one of them wasn't working for me like it should so I will keep an eye on it and see how it is over the next week or so.

Anyone else think it's really humid tonight?

Loved Ambers zebra shoes for trip to zoo

noviceoftheday Mon 26-Aug-13 21:52:48

Hi everyone! Busy day on the threadsmile I have been rocking Center Parcs chic today hmm. If ever there was an oxymoron!

shopafrolic Mon 26-Aug-13 21:53:58

Loving your Pins Novice - can see the house excitement is building!

grin Novice CP chic....love it.

Oh and I will need support from you all....tomorrow is the start of the work on our house......I don't do dust, may find this a tad challenging!

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 22:15:14

Good on you One. it's been muggy here but I am of a certain age wink
....

Dry Good luck w/ the house. May the dust be light. Spraying lightly w/ a plant spray can help reduce dust stir up in corners etc. Beg, steal or borrow as many old sheets as you can and double drape laying one sheet obliquely so they cover the area slightly differently. Less likely to scatter settled dust onto furniture/paintwork if a builder displaces them.

Dry go to the zoo in neon and give those poor animals a bit of excitement. wink

noviceoftheday Mon 26-Aug-13 22:24:21

Thanks Shop, I am so excited! Currently very house obsessed!

How is this for irony? Dd told me she wants to share a room with her brother (they don't know about the new house yet) as she likes sharing when we go on holiday. Also ds sleeps better (we think!) so they will be sharing in the new house.shock

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 22:27:49

Sweet. Novice I chose to share w/ my sister until i was 14. No need, just wanted to.

That's sweet Novice . Think little kids like to share......I think it's a bit scary all own your own sometimes.

noviceoftheday Mon 26-Aug-13 22:30:20

Oh good luck Dry!

noviceoftheday Mon 26-Aug-13 22:37:36

Dry, I think you're right. Just wish we had cottoned on sooner. <Dim> i shared with my sister until i was 18 and went to uni. It was fun at first, i hated it as a teenager so think thats what made me put them in separate rooms.

I shared with my sisters right up until I was 15. Had no choice about it but it was bearable grin

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 22:44:37

My two always had separate rooms Novice because I wanted to share rooms because my parents were physically abusive and we felt safer. Therefore iI assumed my children would not need to do this because we don't beat our children smile. You find these things out by trial and error. They're not born w/ instructions on the box grin.

Annianni Mon 26-Aug-13 22:46:38

Good luck Dry.
I've had a year of chaos and dust hmm but it's starting to look nice.

I've spent today moving our entire bedroom into ds2's newly decorated room.
I'm sleeping with cowboys tonight wink

We've taken the old lady carpet up in our room, to be faced with a random concrete slab, where a fire's been in the past... no old hidden fireplace unfortunately though.
I'm sanding and painting the floorboards next weekend, hopefully dh can remove the concrete without too much fuss.

Dh is back at work tomorrow, so I'll have time to arse about online do all the links from last week.

noviceoftheday Mon 26-Aug-13 22:58:58

Oh you're so right Mig! Sorry to hear about the crap childhood.

Anni, I read your house posts with utter fear. <wuss> its why we aren't selling our current one yet.

noviceoftheday Mon 26-Aug-13 23:00:08

Ps Anni, that is fear because I would be totally clueless!grin

mignonette Mon 26-Aug-13 23:06:30

S'okay Novice Water under the bridge now. Gave me a great grounding in what not to do smile...

DH is an ex RMN turned building company owner so is offering his 'from the sofa' advice and consolation to all of you undergoing the trauma of building work.

Novice my two now are at an age when they love their own space. DD's room covered in One Direction posters (not on walls manic mother only allowed on doors!) and DS rugby posters...would be a bad sharing combo now grin. DH and I manage fine though.....although his heavy breathing gets on my nerves!grin

Annianni Mon 26-Aug-13 23:25:13

Novice, it's not too bad if you have people in doing the work, as it (usually) gets done quicker.
But dh used to be a builder and refuses to pay people to do jobs, that he can do himself.
Which is great, as it's costing us very little to completely re-do the house... but it's hideously slow as dh works full time and I can't do much with the ds's about.

noviceoftheday Tue 27-Aug-13 08:23:06

Oh Anni, that's frustrating! In current house, dh has wired up the house so that it is super super high tech. for example both our sky channels are on every tv, as well as the CCTV channel on each tv. You can be wireless any room in the house, the shared drive streams to the tvs and we have sonos as well. Dh's number one priority is to get all these in new house.hmm

my priority is ensuring that my walk in wardrobe is freshly painted and eagerly waiting for my clothesgrin

QueenCadbury Tue 27-Aug-13 08:26:35

When we first moved to bristol I put my 2 ( didn't have no3 at the time) in the same room and after 3 days separated them as they were driving each other mad. Dd1 very much likes her own space and will play for hours in her room alone. Think it all just depends on the person. As an only child who always had my own room I initially found sharing with dh a challenge grin

mignonette Tue 27-Aug-13 08:40:46

My DH says that builders tend to underestimate hoe awful living in builders chaos is for most people. I think being an ex RMN makes him a super sensitive builder. He does get a lot of clients offloading onto him. His last client had a husband w/ Dementia and DH had him doing simple jobs alongside him to keep him productive (The husband hated seeing another man doing what he used to be able to do) and to give the wife some time to go shopping. DH used to manage a dementia unit so well versed.

Ok Mig I might need your and your DHs services then! smile
This is the "final" leg of work. We've had our house for a long time and have extended and done bits over the years. We have toyed with moving but we both want different things (DH has always wanted a house in the country with land, I like to be near people herd animals me and near a town) so we've never moved,just made our house bigger.
We are having work done (massive plumbing starting today) and knocking through the kitchen/ dining room and underpinning the kitchen mid Sept so we can extend upstairs next May, adding a big master bedroom suite ( with dressing room) and extending the house bathroom.
It's the biggest project so far...I always add a third to builders timing and quotes.

LinusDKD Tue 27-Aug-13 09:28:57

Morning!

I saw this today at our local shopping centre and it looked lovely IRL.

I was tempted to try it on but I had both DC with me so my shopping ban is still going strong.

There were some other lovely Isabel Marant Etoile things like these and an off-white shirt that I haven't been able to find online.

What is the quality like, does anyone know?

LinusDKD Tue 27-Aug-13 09:40:41

Oh, I also saw a beautiful Moncler down coat but very £££.

I know Moncler can often look a bit <realises I sound like DM> vulgar and trashy but this one was lovely.

mignonette Tue 27-Aug-13 10:24:55

Linus - have the Etoile woollen stripey coatigan from last Winter here which is similar and it has pulled a bit. But then I am brutal w/ my clothing and will insist on gardening in it!

Turquoiseblue Tue 27-Aug-13 10:26:55

Morning all home from lovel weekend away with family- DM babysat so we had lovely evening out sore heads yesterday spent time hillwalking and took a boat trip to blow off the cobwebs yesterday. Picked up a pretty print for the playroom. I love buying stuff like that when we re on a trip - when we see it it reminds us of the trip away. will need to declutter or stop travelling soon though
All the house talk makes me envious, we re still saving bit hope to be in a position to buy next year. Your plans sound lovely. Anni and dry where do you get your ideas from for redecorating / rebuilding/ extending ? Do you use architects or do you dream it up yourselves ? Or is it more of s response to growing family needing more and different space ?
Mig* your dh sounds very kind.
I n wondering if printed trousers have had their moment ? I fancy a print / brocade pair with a crew neck knit and ankle boots for AW. Anyone seen any nice ones ? (See I should have probably jumped on the bandwagon when they came out first instead I ponder them until they re almost disappearing then decide I must have them!)
I ve been wearing this jumper with distressed boyfriend jeans and coloured nikes for my weekend I love it. It also goes with my khaki cult skinnies and have white shirt underneath- the darker tread it a deep green, it s lovely.

That jacket is lovely Linus. I am pleased with the quality of my Etoile jacket, which is very similar. I know what you mean about Moncler looking a bit Eurotrash/Russian flash but they do have the odd tempting thing! Can you link it?

Turquoise your weekend sounds nice. I think patterned trousers are far from dead. Have you checked out JCrew? They usually have lovely ones. Think I saw a lovely Marant (Etoile?) pair yesterday too....

Dry and Novice we bought the flat upstairs from ours a few years ago and ripped both apart to create one bigger place. We had to move out for six months so thankfully avoided the pain of living with the dust for most of it-there was the finishing off of course, which was bad enough! I'd agree with Dry about adding 30% to timing and cost. I was lucky with planning Turquoise, we had a great architect (on second try) who was very good at incorporating my ideas and explanations of how I wanted things, having lived in the lower part of the house for ages I had plenty of time to think about and plan it all, (especially the kitchen!) how we lived and what I'd like. He then made it all possible and added suggestions of his own.

Turquoise ideas come from growing family, working with what we've got, our brilliant architect, DH who has plenty of ideas which I ignore, lots of magazines, snooping about friends' houses and asking loads of questions and I'm pretty decisive and know what I'm looking for re decoration/feel of rooms.........spend ages doing research ( bathrooms will be built next May, I've been round show rooms already so I don't have to make rushed,last minute decisions).... I also don't dither about little things. And I love putting rooms together....adore soft furnishings.

Brancing myself for school shoe shopping with two teenagers eeek!

P.s I may have done all my holiday washing in record time but the two baskets of ironing haven't even got going thanks to MNV!

LinusDKD Tue 27-Aug-13 11:12:53

sleep it's this one

Actually the one is saw in the shops today might have had a belt so I prefer this one. Very £££ though.

LinusDKD Tue 27-Aug-13 11:16:09

Oh and Mig I love the colours of your jacket! Even more than the jacket I linked to.

Turquoiseblue Tue 27-Aug-13 12:06:33

That s interesting dry and sleep. I m curious because we re looking now, well keeping an eye in the market anyhow. Most of what we re looking at will defiantly need rebuilding / extending and putting our own stamp on it. We ve lived in period houses - but I know while I love the look feel and romance the maintenance and constant upkeep would drive me insane. I d be happy to refurb and redecorate on a regular basis but feel if we buy I want to do most of the building and construction before we get in the door so to speak. However I wonder if you should live in it for a whole so you learn the nuances of the house / garden and can then know what would and wouldn't work. I m starting to take more notice of clever designs and what might work in the kind of property we re looking at too.
I was just thinking this morning too, I m glad I delurked- you ve all web so nice and welcoming. And I love how despite all the fashion talk there s no exclusiveness, there s designer and high st all budgets accepted as love as one loves fashion !
Thanks grin