MN Vogue - the 20th anniversary edition

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shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 19:43:42

All welcome for lighthearted chat about fashion and beauty - but bring your links!
Continuing on from Vol 19 here

Just to wind Shop up grin

MarshaBrady Sun 01-Sep-13 20:21:03

Ooh fresh white blank pages wink

Marsha do you think shop will get cross? Shall we have a little chat just the two of us?

MarshaBrady Sun 01-Sep-13 20:28:36

Yes it's so nice and clean. I could ice skate in here.

Annianni Sun 01-Sep-13 20:30:13

Boo! grin

You could eat your dinner off it!

Ahhhhhh Anni !!!!!!

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 20:31:01

Did you think I wouldn't notice? Stop messing with my OCD tendencies and get back to 19 where you belong <stamps feet>

MarshaBrady Sun 01-Sep-13 20:31:46

Shop but it's so goood. Look our foot prints in the snow.

It's so clean...think Novice has been over before us with her Lakeland telescopic dusters!grin

Annianni Sun 01-Sep-13 20:34:52

I'm stuffed after eating a lovely blackberry crumble and custard... and I wonder why my clothes don't fit!?

Evening Shop, thanks for starting the new one grin

Annianni Sun 01-Sep-13 20:35:41

Ds2 keeps asking to make a snowman.
We could make him one in here!

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 20:37:13


Annianni Sun 01-Sep-13 20:40:17

First date outfit...
Slim leg FC jeans
Pale grey silk blouse m&s autograph
Dark green 3/4 sleeve coat from Gap
United nude heels
MBMJ black bag

I want to dye the coat, it's cotton.
Those who dye things...

What colour could I do it?
Could I dye it navy or charcoal?

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 20:40:28

Come on ladies 14 posts in and not a mention of clothes? smile

MarshaBrady Sun 01-Sep-13 20:40:53

Is the other one full?

Am afraid you'll miss my excellent early fashion, will repost.

Shop that sounds like the best kind of date.

Linus that is so funny. So close to what we wore at 16. Blinking pearls, blazers, velvet headbands, loafers, turned up pie crust collars and oh my goodness little air hostess silk scarves. Whilst getting blotto even. Little Sloanes in the outback (well not quite the outback).

MarshaBrady Sun 01-Sep-13 20:41:25

We were waiting for you Shop of course!!

Isn't it great not surprising that we can all remember. Mig will love this....--chapter 6 of her book--

Annianni Sun 01-Sep-13 20:42:12

I've got some crumble left if you want some Shop?
It's home made wink

For any new people the question was;

"what were you wearing when you met DH/DP?"

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 20:44:21

Yes please Anni

dry I'd love a Duran Duran tee, I love them grin

The flip side, of course, would be "what on earth was DH wearing?"

I remember what DP was wearing dry jeans, brown boots, a white t-shirt underneath a green and white striped shirt, a long brown wool overcoat and until I nicked it, a multi coloured thin striped wool scarf grin

LinusDKD Sun 01-Sep-13 20:47:31

dry I might have worn a headband in my day but not on the day 3 am I met DH.

I was trying to emulate the continental verison of the Sloane Ranger. In France they called it BCBG (Bon Chic, Bon Genre)

Never quite pulled it off...

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 20:48:19

I can remember that too! Diesel jeans, brown shoes, white RL polo shirt, contact lenses and back then he had a PT so had no tummy and HUGE biceps. Love at first arm squeeze!

Annianni Sun 01-Sep-13 20:48:29

Duran Duran was the first concert I ever went to grin

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 20:49:49

Mine was the Brand New Heavies Anni

Annianni Sun 01-Sep-13 20:50:34

Dh was wearing jeans and a shirt.
Dunno about his shoes.

LinusDKD Sun 01-Sep-13 20:51:05

DH wore a red and white check shirt (ok) jeans (ok) and a goatee <shudder>

Annianni Sun 01-Sep-13 20:51:46

Cool Shop I used to like them.

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 20:53:38

Just asked DH if he could remember what I was wearing. He was doing really well "cowboy boots, jeans, white top and blazer" and then he said blue/ grey blazer....... It was black hmm I'm still quite impressed.

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 20:58:23

I still do Anni blush

noviceoftheday Sun 01-Sep-13 21:02:01

After decluttering, I rejigged my wardrobe. I appear to have 24 coats and jackets. <faint>

LinusDKD Sun 01-Sep-13 21:07:57

I just asked DH if he remembered what I wore when we met.

Me: DH do you remember what I wore when we first met?

DH: when we first met? Mmmm, maybe.

After about two minutes

DH: do you remember what you wore?

ME: yes, and what you wore as well.

DH: I'm afraid I don't remember. Did you wear trousers?


After telling him what I did wear he said "ah yes, those grey linen trousers" in a not very enthousiastic voice.

It was 11 years ago, but come on!

Night, night. Time for bed.

Crumble and custard must be the ultimate comfort food

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 21:10:33

Novice how many had you decluttered??????

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 21:11:51

My memory is usually better on the song playing at the time something happened or the perfume I was wearing than clothes to be fair Linus

linus you need a "De" in your name to be a true BCBG!

Shop it was "Come on Eileen".....

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 21:15:05

Donna Ida are saying the bootcut jean is back hmm

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 21:15:39

Nice Dry

Oh Anni Wembley Stadium, seven and the Ragged Tiger tour, front row (!!) right infront of John Taylor!!!!

LinusDKD Sun 01-Sep-13 21:17:12

Alas, dry no "de" in my name. And I'm not French. Maybe that's why I never quite pulled it off?

Really off to bed now.

Shop how many times have I heard that shop feels snug that my bc jeans are still in graveyard wardrobe

I'd be quite happy for the bootcut to be back shop bootcuts do a wonder of balancing my substantial hip area out.

santamarianovella Sun 01-Sep-13 21:28:42

dry good one,
i was not very glam, jeans and sweater, i was a student back then,midterm break went to paris with few friends and one of them <future sil > asked her brother to pick us from the station as we had not enough money with us,<lots of last minute shopping was involved> her brother <future dh>came wearing his running gear , he was about to go for a run when his sister called crying,and begging for a lift,we were to scared to take the tube,and it was getting late, me and my other friend sat in the back seat,trying to fix our hair and look presentable ,while he argued with his sister about how a bunch of careless silly girls we are grin

i looked much much better the next time we met <few years later> lots of preparations was involved.

shop yours is the best one! loved it

Decameron Sun 01-Sep-13 22:20:30

I wore grey wool Sisley shorts (loved those shorts), black opaques, black ballet shoes and a black wrap top, probably also Sisley. DH did his masters with my cousin so met him on a night out with her crowd. She was my bridesmaid a few years later.

I was very into the blazers, pearls, loafers and scrunchies look when I was younger, looked like my mother's mini me in photos and really have only lost the scrunchies and pearls now, not much else has changed!

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sun 01-Sep-13 22:22:06

I met DH in 1989....I could tell you what I was wearing but then I'd have to kill you but I fear you may ban me from this thread.

Dry the horsebox isn't too challenging to drive, but every now and again when you remember you have £100k of racehorse on board (usually when you're doing 65 round the M25) it gets a bit nerve wracking!

Have enjoyed the notion of all you stylish ones as young sloanes around the globe! I say bring back velvet hairbands, especially as I never wore one first time round.

santamarianovella Sun 01-Sep-13 22:31:14

dec back in the early 2000s we all dressed kind of preppy/slone, pink cotton striped shirts with argyle vests and sweaters,lots of tods loafers and ballerinas,i look back at some of my university pictures,and see a totally different person,

Grumpy I always wanted one of those velvet hairbands that had your name written on them in fabric paint but couldn't get one with my name on it for love nor money. The pains of having an unusual name sad

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 22:34:36

My going out outfit at Uni was black pleather trousers, black Wonderbra, black suit jacket, heels and a single white glove - classy raver! grin

santamarianovella Sun 01-Sep-13 22:36:04

oooh,one im now curious about your name,my name is unusual too,an ancient one!

Grumpy I did the pseudo Sloane look....the hair band gave me a head ache!

MarshaBrady Sun 01-Sep-13 22:36:57

That is fantastic Shop!

santa Cleopatra? Boudicca ?

Woooooaaaaah Shop you sexy vixen!

santamarianovella Sun 01-Sep-13 22:40:32

shop i wish i was you back in my university days! i did not have the guts to be adventurous!

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 22:43:50

Not sure i was adventurous Santa - just too wasted to care what anyone thought hmm

Santa Arrianna? Persephone ? Portia? Pandora?

Can't remember what I was wearing when I met my DH (we work together), but the night we first kissed I was wearing a cream/black polka dot fitted boat neck blouse that buttoned at the back, a black pencil skirt and black pointed heels. Oh and a bright red coat. But that was straight from work, so not that impressive. On our first proper day I wore the Uniqlo cropped jeans I'm wearing on my blog, a purple cowl neck top, grey shoe-boots and a navy blazer.

santamarianovella Sun 01-Sep-13 22:45:48

loooool dry its sort of ancient greek ,

Decameron Sun 01-Sep-13 22:46:36

I was in university 1990-94, Santa, I am old! That was the look I favoured then too. Ralph Lauren v popular, I still like it. blush I spent a lot of time in Italy and took the loafers, RL etc on board.

My friends and I used to tut tut at the state of the Freshers in their grunge! And the state of us looking back! Was also very keen on mini kilts.


Santa Arriadne?

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 22:49:50

I was 91-93 Decam I'm old too! Didn't even graduate, partied too hard.

santamarianovella Sun 01-Sep-13 22:50:44

it begins with a T. dry

shop anything beats what i was wearing at university,even dh who is a classic dresser said i dressed too preppy back then.

Santa Helena of Troy? Andromeda?

Amber glad you posted, was dying to the sound of your work outfit lipstick too?

MarshaBrady Sun 01-Sep-13 22:53:32

I lie the sound of the preppy looks. I switched from sloane to grunge in the blink of an eye. That'd be Melbourne. They still do it there.

MarshaBrady Sun 01-Sep-13 22:53:57


santamarianovella Sun 01-Sep-13 22:54:30

dry i truly thank god that my dad did not name me after his teen crush ursula andress grin

Santa Titania? .........oh I'm an idiot, I KNOW your name!!!!!!!!!!!!--slaps head--

I started pseudo Sloane, then tried the charity shop slouch/grunge but failed.....looked confused!
1985-89......I win!!!!grin

santamarianovella Sun 01-Sep-13 22:58:12


santamarianovella Sun 01-Sep-13 23:01:45

dryi kinda like the idea of being named after greek tragedies grin,

shopafrolic Sun 01-Sep-13 23:02:29

So 'my' Ganni coat and 'my' Chanel khaki nail varnish feature in one of the Sunday supplements - and journo lurkers out there? smile

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sun 01-Sep-13 23:03:27

shop I knew that had to be early 90s! I used to have a men's teal silk shirt that I wore with 3 buttons open and a jewel coloured plaid Victorias Secret bra flashing underneath. Love your one glove look! I bet everyone thought you looked smokin.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Sun 01-Sep-13 23:08:18

I saw the Chanel khaki polish in Sun Supp today and loved it. I have a khaki OPI one, but the Chanel looked nicer. Also loved the metallic khaki-ish one in the metallics feature. I'm still looking for a nice brick red one too - quite a browny-red.

santamarianovella Sun 01-Sep-13 23:32:49

dec i like RL 90s ivy league preppy chic,still remember those amazing ads from 92-93,and the safari ads ,gorgeous!

marsha i did the switch very quick too,i think i didnt look bad preppy,,but whenever dh flicks through my photos ,keeps saying what was i thinking!

My early nineties favourite look was silver satin trousers and a peach, short sleeve button through cardigan blush I was young though, I was only 12 in '95 grin

LinusDKD Mon 02-Sep-13 06:26:43

marsha I did grunge lite for a bit as well but then it was back to the preppy look. wink

Today I am wearing my grey Splendid maxi tube skirt with a white H&M layering vest and a cobalt Esprit jumper and DH asked me why I looked so nice and if I had a date today. hmm

I think someone is trying to compensate for not remembering what I wore when we first met...

I was an early 00s girl in truth. I wore some absolutely awful things - cropped combats, heels and a fishnet vest was my standard going out look. That or a belt of a skirt. I had a camo mini skirt from Bay Trading that I more or less lived in 02-03.

QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 07:29:03

Morning! Back from friends, knackered and can't be arises to trawl through the end of vol19-just trying to catch up with this vol is enough!

When I first met dh I was wearing my nurses uniform (we worked together). Can't remember what he was wearing although on our first date he was wearing a grey and white striped jumper and jeans. I wore black trousers (oasis), blue top (next) and denim jacket with black sandals. I wore a denim jacket a lot then and he always laughed that I looked like a member of bewitched!

Uni days were pretty much 501s, grey tee and docs. By the last year thete I had moved on to more 'grown up' stuff which is just as well as my first job was in Chelsea just a stones throw from the kings road. My style changed a lot that year!

Amber camp mini very A/W 2013!
Some great looks all........

QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 07:30:15

Fo those of you that wear Chanel nail polish, do you not find it rubbish? I was so excited when I got some but it chips within seconds. I'm just glad that I didn't pay for it but used boots points.

QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 07:32:22

this will probably be my next nail purchase. I love AW nail colours.

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 07:48:31

QueenC reapply top coat every night. Mine's still on from Friday no chips yet....

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 07:49:58

Morning all! Back to nursery today. YAY!

Mominatrix Mon 02-Sep-13 07:53:57

Thank you for all the birthday wishes. I had a lovely day - nice lunch outside by the Thames in the sun with my 3 favourite male persons and 3 gifts in Orange Boxes - a chunky silver charm bracelet, a new scarf (Laboratoire du Temps in the black, pink, grey colour way), and a new handbag (bolide in barenia/toile). Feel very spoiled and happy.

Sleep - hope the rest of our journey home went as smoothly as the first bit.
Novice - hope you made loads more progress decluttering - painful, but quite rewarding exercise.
Marsha - re getting tired of colour - that is exactly why I am scared of colour and stick to neutrals! My elder son is sick of all the black I wear and his advice to me shopping is "Anything but black!".
OneLittleLady - what a lovely idea for a present for your DH! Does he still have a player for vinyl? Also, re boot cuts - they are apparently back in - I purchased one from AG jeans which are lovely and soft.
shop so excited for you about the Vince jumper! I need to look for something similar.

What I wore when I met DH - well, it was leaving a nightclub, and I was wearing a tuxedo outfit, but with a bustier, shorts, fishnets, and black stilettos - I was channelling Madonna in Vogue. DH didn't get to see the outfit really as we were packed into a crowded club. What he remembers me wearing is what I wore to brunch the next morning - jeans, black polo neck jumper, blue duck boots like these, and a patagonia coat. Well, it was Boston in January, and he had the nerve to call me at 9am after being out until 3:30am for an 11:30 date

QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 07:54:52

shop my Chanel wouldn't even make it till the evening without chipping grin.

Mominatrix Mon 02-Sep-13 07:58:02

Queen - I have a couple Chanel polishes, and don't find them any better than Essie - just the colour palette is better. However, the only polishes I wear are not the Shellac as I got tired of paying for manicures/polishes, only for them to chip within a couple hours.

I hate Chanel polishes. I genuinely prefer Rimmel. Doesn't stop me buying them though.

Amber meant "camo" v in

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Sep-13 08:40:06

Momin love your gifts, how beautiful. Glad you had a lovely day. Love your Madonna vogue outfit too.

Linus I was grunge-lite too. Kohl eyeliner and messy-ish blonde hair, lace up ankle boots with knee high socks. It was fun, discovering raves and what not.

Last day with two dc today. Long, long holidays. Autumnal enough for them to start now.

Umlauf Mon 02-Sep-13 08:41:10

Chanel nail polish lasts all of 5 minutes on me. Opi about half a day. The best luck ive had is with Nails inc, but ive switched over to the Sensationail home gel system recently and get at least a week out of that.

Mom what a lovely birthday.
You lot are so cool with your bras and fishnets and skirt/belts....I think I looked like a right idiot!
Like you QueenC I love autumn sultry colours on nails.
I agree about Chanel varnish, but it does depend on top coat and base coat...tbh though no nail varnish last longer than a couple of days on me. I'm a sucker for packaging shallow and get a excited about Chanel nails. They have fab colours too.

shop you'll probably miss DS !!!!
I'm giving Gigis a last outing.getting a bit chilly up here.greeat CPW though

QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 09:22:22

My gap cords have arrived and I love them. They will look better when I lose the 4 lbs that I've accumulated over the past 2 weeks though grin.

Just taken dd to nursery. Dd and ds back on Wednesday so just in the process of sorting out uniforms/labelling and getting distracted by MN!

LinusDKD Mon 02-Sep-13 09:33:01

shop enjoy your child free time today. I should be enjoying it as well now that DD has started nursery (her first full day today) but I have to prepare the house for DS & Co. coming to visit tomorrow.

I might have a short nap later though as I haven't slept well these last few nights. My neck has been stiff and painful since Friday evening and I have no idea why.

mominatrix what lovely birthday presents!

No nail varnish lasts very long on me neither, but I agree, Chanel have some lovely colours and I like Essie and Opi as well.

I was very impressed with the shellac pedicure I had done before we went on holiday but I have to go into town to have it done so that's a bit of a hassle. (So I peeled off the shellac a couple of days ago and now my toe nails are ruined blush )

santamarianovella Mon 02-Sep-13 10:02:04

mom your birthday sounds wonderful,lovely presents too,love hermes bolide bag,

amber i remember those skirts! very atomic kitten,lots of my friends wore them with tank tops and silver glittered scarves, does anyone remember those?

linus your outfit sounds fab,

queen i find butter nail polish much better than chanel ones,

shop enjoy your free time, dd has not been feeling well,and dh thinks its best not to take her for first day,

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Sep-13 10:03:55

Shop hope you're having a lovely day, gorgeous weather.

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 10:17:40

Slaps Linus ' wrist for peeling off her Shellac (buy some acetone), and then rubs your neck better by way of apology. YY to catching up on sleep - I may well do the same.
Mom gorgeous gifts and great Vogue outfit!
DS looked at me this morning and said "stay home with mummy today" - not a chance. He was a bit shaky when I left him at nursery but they've emailed and said he is happy as anything now so my guilt is eradicated. The house is wonderfully quiet. I bought a latte from the cafe on the way home and am enjoying it whilst MNetting and planning everything I want to achieve this Autumn. Will walk the dogs in the sunshine in a bit.
Sorry to hear DD not well Santa
Marsha no email back from Vince yet - I'll keep you posted
Dry yes, chilly toes in the mornings now smile

Annianni Mon 02-Sep-13 10:18:07

Gorgeous weather!?

It's grey and cold here today.

I think Ds1 is back at school tomorrow, so we're doing the dreaded barbers visit and I have to sew name labels on everything later.

Do we think Ds2 will get his hair cut?
Just a fringe trim?
Or point blank refusal to go anywhere near the chair and will bury his face in my hair for the entire visit?

Place your bets! grin

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Sep-13 10:18:34

Linus hope you're ok and it improves very soon.

Sleep hope the rest of your journey was ok too.

Foxy meant to say, hope you had a good sleep last night and you are ok too.

Lots of hopes, going now!

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Sep-13 10:20:37

Really sunny here Anni. Good luck at hairdresser, we did it yesterday.

Shop sounds lovely. I'm sure he is very happy. Ds2 grumbles because he only goes two days (now three) and it's long breaks between each week. But when in the flow of it, he enjoys it.

Annianni Mon 02-Sep-13 10:21:11

Happy belated birthday Mom.
Gorgeous presents.

I've got to wait till Wednesday I think, for dsd to be at college. Then the house will be lovely and quiet.
ds2 will still be here, but I can bribe him with a packet of smarties and a DVD

Annianni Mon 02-Sep-13 10:23:11

Forgot to say, there's some lovely things on the outnet today.
Lots of denim, ash shoes and a fab MiH silk blouse.

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 10:30:58

Normally I'd be playing my music loud by now - but listen..... what can you hear?
Just me and my latte

LinusDKD Mon 02-Sep-13 10:34:44

anni I shudder at the thought of having to take DS to the hairdresser. You are braver than me.

santa I hope DD feels better soon.

Whilst I was tidying up I discovered these ancient Dries Van Noten boots. They could do with a bit of shoe polish but apart from that they still look good probably because I never wore them much

It's hard to tell from the funny picture but they are dark brown with a dark purple patent heel

I also found some other ancient DvN boots that DM passed onto me. They are black riding boots with black embroidery but I think they might be a bit too worn to wear again.

I hear silence too shop now that Dp has gone back to work after a week off. No more crap American TV shows playing loudly in the front room grin

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 10:40:40
QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 10:44:11

Gap has 30% off from 5-8th. You need a voucher so pm me your email if you want me to forward it on to you.

santamarianovella Mon 02-Sep-13 11:13:17

linus gorgeous gorgeous boots!,

Annianni Mon 02-Sep-13 11:28:50

I'm mnetting live from the barbers grin
He's still saying he wants it cutting.
We're next...

Shop, is that bullet proof?
I did see some lovely gold trousers earlier, they'd look fab together.

Annianni Mon 02-Sep-13 11:30:00

Can't see the photo on my phone very clearly, I'll look later Linus.

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 12:02:49

Good luck Anni may he be better than my DS who went to nursery with his wonky hair!

Turquoiseblue Mon 02-Sep-13 12:33:15

Belated birthday greetings momanitrix smile sounds like a lovely day and lovely gifts.
Am de cluttering here too - have filled 3 bags ruthlessly - then logged on to notice the other declutter tread ...... Must be the back to school time of year! Discovered I have 21 current pairs of jeans shock and no I didn't bin any of them!
Have had a great weekend around the shops - not bought anything but lined up quite a lot of potentials for boots/ coats and tops. On phone so will pop up some links later - have pinned quite a few.
Good luck at the barbers anni hope your ds manages to brave the scissors!
Ds decided to cut dd s hair last month - so she had a nearly on trend asymmetrical fringe bob for a few weeks.
Ths only nail polish I use is opi- it lasts ages on feet but hardly a day on hands - I m hard on my hands I guess!

kalidasa Mon 02-Sep-13 12:56:37

Have been lurking on these threads for ages and thought it was time to say hallo. You have all been directly responsible for considerable expenditure!

Need to do some serious shopping quite soon as need to be smart for work from the end of the month. I had a baby 9 months ago and am back at my previous weight but my shape is still different - (even) bigger bust and still a bit of a tummy. Can get back into quite a lot of things but not everything, and some things I bought to boost morale in the first few months are now definitely too big. While my shape was still changing a lot I was concentrating on jackets, knitwear, nightwear and accessories, but I really need a couple of new dresses and one or two pairs of heels for work.

I'm also going to have to do a massive bra overhaul at some point but am too daunted to face it yet. Am something ridiculous and impossible like a 28F at the moment. No idea how to tackle that.

My favourite recent purchase was this Anglomania jacket:

I buy quite often from the Jaeger sale (demure English-y look suits me) and also liked Lucza until it disappeared.

I work in central London but haven't been to an actual shop (rather than online) for ages. Considering venturing somewhere before term begins. Any suggestions for best department store for stylish, interesting work stuff (especially shift dresses - have quite a few jackets already)?

they are lovely boots linus

Belated birthday greetings to momanitirx sounds like a lovely birthday

QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 13:20:50

Welcome kalidasa. Can't help on work wear but well done on getting back to your weight. I've got 3 dc and each time I get back to my weight but my shape has changed slightly each time. Nothing drastic but enough that some things haven't fitted the same.

Whilst you lot are busy decluttering your wardrobes I've been busy decluttering my kitchen. Spurred on by my friend at the weekend who had a brand new kitchen and therefore a totally clean freezer/fridge and neatly stacked cupboards mine is now looking better. I'm ashamed by the amount if out of date stuff I've had to chuck though. Almost finished labelling uniforms and doing washing and can hopefully relax a bit this afternoon! Need to catch up on last weeks grazia before tomorrow's comes!

Spottybra Mon 02-Sep-13 13:38:21

Just popping in to say hi. Followed this awhile back 2yrs ago maybe whilst I was on maternity but now I have quit working due to childcare issues and cost.

Belated birthday wishes.

DH was wearing his work uniform when I met him. No idea what I was wearing I'm afraid, could have been work gear or my Saturday morning hangover outfit which then consisted of tight jeans from river island frayed all the way down the front (they did eventually rip into holes) and pretty pastel shades, embellished t-shirts with a blazer and ballet pumps or metallic sandals. In defence I did see him several times a week and fancied him for two years. I thought he was taken already you see. He thought the same about me. Maybe if we had just had an actual conversation.....

Right, lunch over, DS is due a trip to the barbers before school starts tomorrow.

kalidasa Mon 02-Sep-13 14:01:23

Thanks queen. Glad that I don't have to worry about labeling uniforms just yet!

Funnily enough I can't remember what I was wearing either when I was introduced to DH or the first time we met for coffee or on our first proper "date". And it wasn't even that long ago, we've only been together a couple of years! Oh well. I'll ask him and see if he remembers.

foxysocks Mon 02-Sep-13 14:10:49

I have NO idea what I was wearing when I met DH. probably flared diesel jeans (I still have these and sometimes drag them out to see the light of day) and a tshirt with vans. I loooooved my vans back then. I also had this fab tan leather belt with lots of metal tube bits on, I think it was from kookai and I wore it all the time.

foxysocks Mon 02-Sep-13 14:16:29

also - welcome newbies! stick around, bring lots of links grin

and thanks marsha, I just found out I got accepted on the course I had applied for next year so I am a very happy yogini today! will hopefully sleep better now I am not checking email every ten mins smile

Annianni Mon 02-Sep-13 14:47:43

Welcome newbies!

He had his hair cut!!!!

It took a lot of persuasion and the barber promised him a lollypop... which I've never let him have before...
But it worked grin

His fringe is too short for my liking but it'll be a while before it needs doing again thank god

Wooooo! Success anni!!! grin

Speaking of haircuts, I really should get mine cut but it's growing so well right now I don't want to ruin it

Welcome newbies, yes, bring ALL the links grin

Hi everyone, welcome Kali and Spotty!

So we finally got home at about 7pm last night, absolutely shattered. The night and today did not work out as planned however, DS1 has earache so I was up almost the entire night with him and now he is home with me whilst the other two are at the zoo with nanny, who they (and I wink) have missed like crazy. So my great plan to get to the gym and sort loads of jobs has gone awry. I could in theory do some exercise later but am just too exhausted. Also just about to take DS1 to doctor.

On the bright side my MW order arrived. The IRO jacket is lovely, similar cut to my Marant one but softer and stretchier so easier for daytime wear. Definitely fills my quota of bouclé jackets for quite a while though grin.

The Temperley dress is also nice but not really me and not great enough to justify the price tag, so that one is going back.

I have no idea what I was wearing when I met DH, it was through work and a hot summers day so I imagine a shift dress of some kind but not sure. I think he wore a suit but couldn't swear to it blush. He became my client and I looked particularly well dressed on the days I had meetings with him before we actually got together wink.

My hair is driving me maaad - I want to weep every time I look in the mirror, fringe is just horrendous, dark roots, dry ends, yeugh. Thankfully I have an appointment to get it sorted tomorrow.

Shop enjoy your first child free day! I just found out that DS2 isn't back at nursery until next Wednesday and I was thinking it was this week, same as the other two shock. I love him dearly but it's been 9 weeks of school holidays already, counting from the start of DS1's <weep>.

QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 16:07:19

Welcome home sleep. Love the iro jacket.

Am going round in circles about the 40 th outfit. Sorry to be so boring. The coast dress arrived today and it fits and is stunning. but do I want to spend ££ on a dress or jumpsuit that I'm never likely to wear again (bearing in mind that I have the lkb Davina in the wardrobe worn only twice). That's why I'd been thinking black as it'll be more versatile. Also I'm now wondering whether I should wear black 7/8 trousers and buy a slinky silky top which will be better cpw. According to dd though I won't look special enough as she reckons everyone will be in dresses. She's 7 though so what does she know grin.

Spottybra Mon 02-Sep-13 18:03:20

I don't have any links yet but looking forward to autumn to get my leather jacket out.

It's one if their biker jackets that I have.

Have done a wardrobe clear out as my shape is so different after two children less than 2 years apart. Gives the term 'capsule wardrobe' more meaning.

LinusDKD Mon 02-Sep-13 18:14:57

Welcome kali and spotty!

After DS my shape hadn't changed that much but it seems DD made sure that my lovely thin waist is a thing of the past sad

anni wow, well done DS! My DS is slowly starting to look less like a monk which means it'll soon be time to cut his hair again. shock

sleep I hope your DS is ok. I seem to remember that we always had an ear infection after coming back from holiday as we spent most of our time in the pool.

foxy well done on getting into the course.

turq 21 pairs of jeans!?

queenc that is a lovely dress which can be dressed up or down. If you want to wear it for work after your birthday, just add a jacket.

I'm with your DD btw, it's your 40th birthday party, so you should wear something that makes you feel special.

Might I join in if that's ok?

Needing a kick up the ass to keep up with my wardrobe and beauty regime and I am loving your suggestions.

I was wearing a tiny pink T Shirt (no kids, midriff smooth and taut - ha, if only I had appreciated that!) and a pair of Armani jeans, DH says my ass was lovely, all I recall is that they were bloody uncomfortable smile

LinusDKD Mon 02-Sep-13 19:53:09

Welcome needastrongone!

I used to get compliments about my pert bottom too. Those were the days. <sigh>

There doesn't seem to be anyone around on MNV tonight but I'll ask my Monday Night S&B question anyway:

What 'look' or item of clothing do you absolutely hate on a man?

Apart from the obvious (white socks, socks in sandals, speedos etc) I absolutely loathe 3/4 trousers on men.

They're not shorts, they're not trousers, you're not a pirate!

I hate the 'painted on jeans' look that men seem to have adopted. It does NOT look good for you to look you're wearing your sisters jeans. Stop it.

noviceoftheday Mon 02-Sep-13 20:00:56

Oooh hello, lots of new people! Welcome everyone!

Linus, Paddington bear trousers without a doubt. Just wrong.

LinusDKD Mon 02-Sep-13 20:03:53

But but novice Paddington Bear doesn't wear any trousers.

What are Paddington Bear trousers? <ignorant foreigner emoticon>

noviceoftheday Mon 02-Sep-13 20:09:38

Lolgringringrin I meant RUPERT bear trousers!

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 20:13:32

Welcome back Sleep - keep thinking, it's only one more week..... I feel for you!
Welcome newbies - Spotty, I have a Muubaa this one I love it
Kali Bravissimo can help you with bra sizing - I'm a 32E and they are fab in there.
Needastrongone great name. Welcome.
Are any of you on Pin?
Anni I am in awe of your hair cutting success!
QueenC I felt great wearing a dress on my 40th - I don't normally do dresses, but you need to wear whatever gives you confidence. Maybe spend the ££££ on the shoes / accessories (was it you who said you don't do shoes) hmm
DS had the best time ever at nursery. My house is cleaner than it's been in ages, and my shiny new laptop is loaded up with all my music and pics so I am v happy. No sign of the Vince today - fingers crossed for tomorrow.
Sorry if I missed anyone - hard to catch up......

LinusDKD Mon 02-Sep-13 20:18:25

Right novice, that makes more sense. Is that where your dislike of tartan/plaid comes from wink?

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 20:24:14

Linus blokes in cowboy boots / cuban heels!

LinusDKD Mon 02-Sep-13 20:33:46

Or Sarkozy heels shop!

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 20:36:21

grin yes!!!

DP just came home with a new cardigan for me grin only a cheapo tesco job but it's grey with black swallows on it. I lurves it, it will fit just right in my wardrobe. He said he passed it while going for some bread and knew I'd love it so he had to get it for me grin

Those terrible cowl neck tops JLS brought to the male fashion consciousness. Was anything ever quite so unnecessary?

santamarianovella Mon 02-Sep-13 20:43:02

skinny jeans are just soooo wrong on men.

Thank you for the welcome messages.

Just joined pin, need to peruse and faff around on it a while I think but loving the ideas it's throwing up thus far.

Men wearing football shirts. Not a huge fan of most tatoos on men in general, sorry if that offends. Men wearing tight fitting shirts who really ought not to be!

Oh the freedom of when your kids start nursery!

DH had a pair of cowboy boots when we first met........

He didn't have them very long!

santamarianovella Mon 02-Sep-13 20:48:42

welcome all newbies!

welcome back sleep

ani well done!

one that sweater sounds very much like mcq, your dp has a great eye for coveted items!

LinusDKD Mon 02-Sep-13 20:52:02

one that is so sweet!

I've got another one: the Simon Cowell Look. Tight tees and trousers hoiked up to your armpits.

santamarianovella Mon 02-Sep-13 20:57:38

linus i so hate the way he dresses

also hipster style,not a huge fan of men wearing trouser braces with white tee. yuck!

needastrongone cute dog smile

QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 21:04:19

linus I was just about to say anything that Simon Cowell wears too! Can't bear those pae jeans and shirts showing off his hairy chest. Ugh. I actually love dh in 3/4 length trousers! amber I'm not sure I've ever seen a man in a cowl top...

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Sep-13 21:04:23

Linus love those boots. I adore Dries.

Welcome Kalidasa, needastrongone and Spotty!

Great news Foxy! Sounds fantastic. I'm terrible when waiting for news by email.

Sleep welcome back. Love the Iro jacket, couldn't see the Temperley.

Linus: those 3/4 khaki cargo shorts with big ol pockets on the sides and flip flops.

QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 21:05:20

eww, totally agree with you amber grin

McNally Mon 02-Sep-13 21:06:13

Those v neck t shirts, usually with contrasting trim, and superfluous buttons up the neckline. Urgh, cannot bear them!

Hello all!

Well done Mr One. So sweet.

QueenCadbury Mon 02-Sep-13 21:07:13

foxy what have I missed?

Agree with skinny jeans and flip flops. But not the 3/4 length cargo trousers grin

oooh, I also dislike those jumpers with the false t-shirt bit in them. They are so pointless, just wear a t-shirt and a jumper! Dp's somehow disappeared never to be seen again grin

LinusDKD Mon 02-Sep-13 21:10:03

Before I go to bed I leave you with men wearing crocs

santamarianovella Mon 02-Sep-13 21:16:54

linus only jack nickolson can get away with crocs,because he is jack nickolson,the rest yuck!

dh owns flip flops,nice ones,and it was a really hot summer blush

My DH has a brown suede jacket. I have not yet managed to throw it out but he has not worn it since we moved in together.

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Sep-13 21:23:10

Yes dh has some deeply dubious things that are best forgotten.

noviceoftheday Mon 02-Sep-13 21:30:26

Linus, I hadn't seen that plaid connection grin

Mominatrix Mon 02-Sep-13 21:33:01

Anni : have your fingers survived all of the clothes labelling? I have permanent callous from my pre indelible marker and iron-on days. Countdown to peace and quiet is on!

Lucky shop. Already experience the peace and quiet of back-to-school/nursery!

Love the boots Linus! Those boots definitely ge the Avid&Wise (R.I.P) buy award. Can't see the dark brown and purple, cut I LOVE that colour combo.

Eeek shop - what were the designers of that thing on when they came up with that idea?

21 pairs of jeans Turquoise? None binned?

Welcome to Kalidasa, Spotty and needastrongone. Kali, don't go bra shopping yet - my boobs did not settle until 2 years after the birth of my second - not helped by the fact that I breastfed for 18 months.

Beautiful dress QueenCadbury - love that colour blue, and the cut is fantastic.

Sleep, love the Iro jacket - do you know if it comes in black?

What a thoughtful husband you have OneLittleLady!

When I met DH, he had several pairs of leather trousers. Those were quickly "lost" in his next move. Now his style, if you can call it that, is conservative and boring, yet he takes up triple the wardrobe and shelf space I do! 3 closets of clothes which look exactly the same.

Busy day tomorrow as DS1 is back at school and I need to finalise all the bits and bobs for DS2's uniform for Thursday. Counting down the days until I can exercise again. Night all!

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Sep-13 21:38:53

Not style, but I saw a really good dc film the other day. Wreck it Ralph, really good.

Also have some meetings coming up. I can feel my brain crank slowly back into shape after the laziest summer holidays. Still, will pay for the Sam Edelman boots.

Shop did your Vince jumper turn up?

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Sep-13 21:45:48

So what coat/s is everyone planning to wear this a/w?

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 21:48:11

Not yet Marsha hopefully tomorrow. Saw your PM -will count tomorrow and RSVP

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 21:49:58

Anyone who hasn't PM'd me about the Oct MU and is coming please send me a message ASAP. I need to book a restaurant and because there's a lot of us I want to sort it soon. Thanks!

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Sep-13 21:56:05

Good one Shop, thanks so much for organising.

How many are we up to Shop?

Mom I don't think the IRO jacket comes in black but this one is lovely, what size do you need? May be worth watching for returns if not there at the mo.

Ds1 has a/b's. Really hope they kick in and allow us both to sleep tonight, I feel like a zombie.

Welcome strongone smile

shopafrolic Mon 02-Sep-13 22:13:15

About 10 I think. Will double check tomorrow. Night all.

Back to work today but no kids until tomorrow it's so inconvenient, really does mess up my MN time!!grin
Shop coffee in peace is blissful isn't it? Can you link Vince, must have missed it earlier? I think I need the Valentino vest, might give me a décolletage !
Linus another photo !!! DVN boots are lovely.
Sleep welcome home.
QueenC I really love the blue dress, sexy shoulders, fab colour. If you can't treat yourself for a big birthday when can you? I'm a bit dress biased, and I'm never knowingly underdressed I know, but imagine if you turned up to your party and felt a bit meh, it would be such a shame and would spoil your special occasion. Keep looking and you will find the right thing.........

Hello Spotty Kali and Needsastrongone fab name

Clothes I hate on men;

Yes skinny jeans...ugggh
Crocs on anyone over 5 look horrific .
Polo necks. DH was wearing a kind of ski base layer one when I met him, good job I'd had a lot of wine and focused on his derrière
Weirdly coloured golf trousers and harlequin jumpers.
Plus fours.
Vest tops.
Very pointy slip ons that my DS desperately wanted as school bloody way Rumplestiltskin
Socks with sandals,deck shoes etc.
Loafers with tassels.
Anything novelty......
Not overly keen on black shirts/grey tie combo flame me
Shiny suits.
And last,but not least, men driving with hats on.....very very bad and usually dangerous!

MarshaBrady Mon 02-Sep-13 22:25:22

Oh yes 'estate agent' shoes- those really pointy, shiny long ones.

MarshaBrady Tue 03-Sep-13 07:08:06

QueenC I really like the dress, lovely colour. Agree that you should get something wonderful for your party that makes you feel great.

Spottybra Tue 03-Sep-13 07:33:08

Whispers- ds starts reception this afternoon. Half days all week to ease them into the school and familiarise them all. Just for fun can anyone link me to the current mumsnet scarf so I can cast my eye around over the next few days?

Sorry Spotty, we can help you with an orange MNV jumper and a MNV t shirt (was it Zoe Karsen or Wang confused) but I'm not up to speed on the MN scarf of the season grin - anyone else? Where are you in the country btw?

spotty think the old MN scarf is still in circulation. Hope DS 's first day goes well.....

Spottybra Tue 03-Sep-13 07:53:24

I'm 'oooop norf'. Yorkshire. Although pleased to admit the only people I know that speak Yorkshire are my in laws. By Yorkshire I mean 'off t'park' sort of thing which makes me smile as I have never heard it before. Certainly do not want dc picking it up though as DS wishes to be a doctor (some of my best friends are doctors so he may have been influenced slightly by playing with their stethoscopes and having lunch with them in the hospital cafeteria).

Spotty think there may be some v decent doctors with Yorkshire accents shock

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 08:08:21

Spotty you and Dry may be neighbours grin. No idea on MN scarf sorry.
Morning all.
QueenC - sorry, I missed the Coast dress last night - it's gorgeous, and a very similar colour to the one I wore for my 40th!

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 08:09:47

So - October MU. Confirmed so far:
Liberty (fingers crossed)

Mom let me know ASAP?
Novice you're coming aren't you? Getting confused already!


Yey! Looks great Shop thanks for organising it!

wonders if I might see Spotty today wink

Off to work...laters!!!
Have a good day

Spottybra Tue 03-Sep-13 08:18:22

Dry, please be appeased that speaking with a Yorkshire accent is different in my mind from 'speaking Yorkshire' which means dropping 'the' all the time. I don't want an online argument unless its over clothes. In which case I am happy to trash many celebrities dress sense. I do love Yorkshire. My best friends and DH are born and bred Yorkshiremen.

Umlauf Tue 03-Sep-13 08:39:30

Morning everyone. I'm loving the links!

sleep I too love the IRO jacket, beautiful colour. Enjoy your hair appointment, what are you having done?
Hello kalidasa and well done for getting back to your pre preg weight. I've put on 3 stone (gulp) and am both dreading and excited for the hard work I'm going to need to put in to lose it.
linus those boots are incredible, what a find!
one your DH sounds lovely and thoughtful.

When I met DH he was into Oasis in a big way, and his piece de resistance was an oversized dirty parka, which he wore with really baggy jeans with "dolce and gabbana" written on them in what looked like tipped, graffiti style (I highly doubt the jeans had anything whatsoever to do with d&g!) Horrible! they're lost now...

The whistles tube skirt has arrived with the Made necklace, and they're lovely. I'm not going to actually try the skirt until post birth on for fear of a breakdown, but it seems strong enough fabric to do enough hoicking and still allow for breathing!

I'm having a but of a skirt moment, inspired in part by amber and her blog, so I've been fantasy shopping. My normal figure is very exaggerated (like a lumpier Jessica rabbit) so I've always been a bit nervous of skirts. I like the idea of this shape Lanvin or Stella (does anyone know what it's called? It's not peplum is it? Fit&flare?) and just won this whistles one on eBay to try the shape out - and it has leopard print - bonus! Also LOVE this whistles one , (what's the betting it will still be in stores in December when I'm back in the UK?!) and this Christopher Kane . Reminiscent of your camo skirt days, amber ?!!

My spirals have been despatched! I was convinced the order would be cancelled...

Has anyone ever bought from Vestaire Collectif? I have a friend working there now and she finds some incredible things there, but I can't quite get my head around how the whole thing works.

noviceoftheday Tue 03-Sep-13 09:00:19

Hi Shop, yes I am coming. Did you get my pm? If not then I have outed myself to someone elseblushshock

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 09:15:51

No PM Novice - have just checked my inbox again - nothing.....

mom sorry, I sort of lied about the IRO jacket, it does come in monochrome I also think the Outnet one I linked is on MW full price shock.

Forgot to say I love those Dries boots too Linus, so satisfying when you find something like that at the back of the wardrobe smile.

Queen I missed the dress, must go back and find link...

Umlauf I have very boring, long blonde highlighted hair, with, since last November-ish, a fringe. I usually get it coloured every six weeks but summer holidays mean it is more like 9-10 now so I am horrified by it. Need to knock back the blonde as the sun has bleached it even more and decide whether to keep the fringe or grow it out (it's so long now that it would be a good time to grow). Also need a couple of inches off at least. DH hates it when I cut my hair (yes I know I sound like a 50's housewife) but I used to be really adventurous.sad

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 09:22:42

Umlauf - Sleep has beautiful long blonde hair and is a stunner

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 09:30:47

Right - 11 of us confirmed for the MU - Mom is joining us too!
I will speak to a few places and get something booked and then PM everyone.

MarshaBrady Tue 03-Sep-13 09:33:51

Sleep yes definitely a stunner! Am interested to hear what you decide to do with the fringe Sleep. A big decision. But then I have realised that there's only one cut I can do and small differences seem big.

Love those skirts Umlauf especially the Stella M one.

MarshaBrady Tue 03-Sep-13 09:34:36

Good work Shop!

Great news Momin. Will be lovely to see you again.

Love the leopard print skirt from Whistles Umlauf.

Thank you for the further welcomes, the doggy is indeed a cutey, thank you shop.

Do you all have young DC then? Mine are slightly older at 12 and 13, less needy but still time consuming I find with their interests.

I am in Yorkshire too, and know 'Yorkshire speaking' doctors and some 'wot speak proper posh'! smile I think I probably have the Yorkshire accent but don't drop too many letters. Thankfully, the DC seem to be the same.

'Tis so warm here that I got changed this morning from jumper and skinnies, bought this at the weekend from M&S Limited Edition so stuck it on with a short denim skirt and black tights, although it will work well with trusted skinnies too. Must say, it looks foul online but looked so fab on the hanger I veered over to look (was with DS on a shoe shopping mission). Note that it's 'as seen in Vogue' so I must be on trend smile

I need a winter coat, I have my dog walking, standing in a field watching rugby/pony club activities North Face black puffa type but nothing else. Although, with my life, whether I could justify something elegant and stylish for the use it would get is debatable!

Oh, I meant to ask - if I were to subscribe to one style magazine, which would you choose or is Pinterest the way to go?

MarshaBrady Tue 03-Sep-13 10:11:26

Pinterest definitely Needastrongone. But I also like Vogue of course!

Follow us, it's good. Here's mine. We can follow you too.

MrsRadicchio Tue 03-Sep-13 10:12:25

Hello to all newbies <waves>

Sleep I think your fringe looks great. V envious of those who can carry them off.

Umlauf great shopping and links. I really like that Christopher Kane skirt, swoon.

A bit behind on some of the questions. I don't remember what DH and I were wearing when we first met (as we were drunk, outside a club, classy) but on our first date I do remember. I wore a pretty dull outfit of breton, jeans, converse and a gap puffa coat (it was January) and DH wore jeans, yellow t-shirt, stripey cardigan and long wool coat. I asked DH if he remembered any, he said "I remember you were wearing your duvet" (aka gap coat).

Loved reading some of your stories, some sound v romantic - like the meeting at work ones, and also shop's half hour meet up lasting all night.

Linus I have bought those baxters too. Great bargain.

Shop, probably not the kind of place you would shop but have you looked at pure collection for jumpers?

colour block

cowl neck someone hates these, foxy? - obviously not JLS though



MrsRadicchio Tue 03-Sep-13 10:35:40

Queen I meant to add re your 40th - isn't that the time when you can get an outfit you only wear once? Something you feel fab in. Guess you could ebay / dress agency after?

Or if that doesn't sit well then a wow black dress which can be worn in different ways for other events.

What a shame your DH doesn't like that one you linked, it is stunning.

Have you considered a maxi dress or is that not really your style?

not your colour but shapewise?

I've had a quick whizz around the outnet.

Full length:


too blue?


Knee Length:

see by chloe

rag and bone



too twee?

another MK



marni red


purple MK

I love this one




Not for Queen but too beautiful not to link:


I love this


MrsRadicchio Tue 03-Sep-13 10:37:23

Final post from me:

I have a candy apple revlon lip butter which does not suit me (it is an orangey red, quite shiny) - does anyone want it? I have only used it a couple of times.

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 11:09:53

Needastrongone my Pin here
I subscribe to Harper's Bazaar, buy Vogue 4 / 5 times a year and InStyle when SS or AW starts........ but Pin is fab (and free!)
MrsR love the colour block jumper, but am after something with some chunk. Vince sweater is out for delivery so will report back soon.
Umlauf I love that Lanvin skirt you linked - gorgeous. I'm hoping this tube skirt will come in more Autumnul colours.
would be wearing this if I was 20

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 11:21:22

Table booked - I've PM'd you all the details.

santamarianovella Tue 03-Sep-13 11:29:23

Morning all!
And what a glorious day for all mommies grin

marsha to answer your coat question,I will be wearing my black gucci coat, old but still good,it's one of their classic designs that appear every season,and this grey burberry one, also my navy moncler down coat,for those freezing mornings,

mrsR love the links, the Marni dress is gorgeous,and I totally agree,40th shoud be celebrated with a great dress,I didn't get to celebrate my 30th,so I plan to do a very big 40th bash in ten years time

sleep I ordered the iro jacket and the marant one to try,good luck on your appointment,

needastrongone def Pinterest, i hardly buy any mags,unless its has an interesting story.

shop will pm about the MU

dry good luck! Will miss your morning posts sad

So,I've been reading good things about coconut water,and how it's good for energy levels, decided to give it a go this morning,I almost got sick in the street! Had to stop and lean myself on a lamp post,close my eyes and take deep breaths and wait for the nausea to ease shockit reminded me of my morning sickness days , no wonder models and celebs are addicted to it,you can eat like a horse and with one sip,get rid of it.

Sorry for the tmi, but had to do my duty and report.

An thanks for the compliments guys blush, not feeling too stunning at the moment, just back from kickboxing, first exercise in about 6 weeks, thought I might pass out/throw up! Now very red and sweaty. Shower and hair appointment should make me feel better...think I will keep the fringe for now and go a bit more caramel blonde like this.

Santa I love coconut water, but not for the throwing up grin - I think it's delicious! Quite an expensive habit though. Hope you like the jackets. Are you coming to MU? I want to see if we turn up in virtually the same outfit grin!

Queen definitely go for the dress you feel most fabulous in, don't worry about whether you will wear it again, there may not be loads of occasions but if it makes you feel amazing you will manage to find some - red Acne voice of experience wink.

strongone there's quite a range of DC ages on here, I think Mig's are the most grown up, iirc Grumpy and Queen's are a bit older Anni has an older DSD (apologies if I've got any of this wrong) and quite a few of us have pre-schoolers and babies. Mine are 8,5 and 3.

Re coats, I have my Maje parka (warm but no good in the rain) and waxed Whistles parka for everyday wear but the latter didn't wear that well through last winter. I am tempted by a hooded Barbour (need to find link) as it will be properly waterproof but in the past I have really been turned off by the wannabe country farmer look so I hesitate....

this Barbour, not the most stylish or beautiful but I need a practical coat!

Umlauf Tue 03-Sep-13 12:05:46

shop that's the whistles skirt I received this morning. I'd love it in more autumnal colours (I'm an autumn!) but atterley road has it in black and white stripe which is nice.

shop and marsha I've followed you on Pinterest. I don't use mine for clothes much, just for crafty things, but might start especially in these boring maternity leave weeks

sleep your hair sounds very nice. My DH is the same about me cutting mine, and I am terrified to have it done in Spain in case something gets lost in translation, after a horrible experience with a mullet (or Fem-mullet as I called it!) in Italy, so I only get mine done twice a year shock so it's not looking too hot. I love a fringe though!

MrsRadicchio Tue 03-Sep-13 12:07:36

Coats wise I am shopping my wardrobe this year. I got rid of afore mentioned duvet as was sick of it and only wore that (as it was so warm) so I have a few to wear this winter, including a black leather jacket I haven't worn enough.

I have got this coat but was thinking of getting it shortened so it is mid thigh length and then more of a car coat style like this but don't know how possible that will be.

Love WIT's outfit here

Turquoiseblue Tue 03-Sep-13 12:11:16 queencadbury this is a bit of a show stopper ! Would this suit your style?

MarshaBrady Tue 03-Sep-13 12:14:28

Love that coat MrsR, great idea to get it shortened. WIT is fab. Good outfit too.

Umlauf yes do the clothes thing! Can be a good way to see what you like if after you pin it you still like it.

Sleep love that hair colour, very pretty.

Santa I would like a different version of the Marant one, longer and another pattern. Both are really nice.

Love the tiger top need, v cool!

Umlauf I love a good skirt - am wearing v old M&S one I dug out today that has PVC trim. V of the moment! I'd call that skirt style a sort-of-fishtail. I like that look too, though not sure it would flatter my generous rump. Tube skirts are surely post-natal essentials!

carrie74 Tue 03-Sep-13 12:27:31

Thanks shop, PM received smile

A bit busy at work (and had a fab long day out yesterday with the kids to celebrate last day of summer. Although I'm looking forward to getting back into the routine, I'm also quite sad about limited time with them again. And winter).

Um, outfits we were wearing when first met? No idea - we met at work, so would have been suits for both of us.

Bad looks for men - agree with all above. HATE football shirts in particular. Unfortunately, H has a pair of crocs that he wears all summer [weep], but replaced them at Easter with crocs that look a bit smarter - can't find them online, but they're a massive improvement. Unfortunately, when he broke his leg, he could only fit into the original crocs.

Got to dash back to work though...

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 12:46:59

it's a keeper just perfect!
Tried it with black coated skinnies and LKB shoe boots - really lovely. Super warm, has a slightly odd smell to it hmm but am hoping a good airing will sort that out!?

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 12:49:16

Love the caramel for you Sleep

Dauphin Tue 03-Sep-13 12:54:18


Have just one out of three at home with me today...eldest two back to school...I do miss them as we've had a great summer...massively busy, though. No less than 5 birthdays during the summer hols in our house!

Just back from a weekend in London - I do love London. First time our three (7, 6 and 3) have been and they were very impressed with Trafalgar Square, The Natural History Museum and The London Eye.

All the sights, and I got to go into some beautiful interior shops (Skandium my fave!). Also love the Wolf showroom.

I'm in a quandry with this weather though. Back to school usually signifies a change in my wardrobe too, but weather too hot!

Grumpy - I met my DH in 1989 too! Decam - yes, think we have similar taste. My style was very similar...still love preppy/sloaney look, albeit with an edge.

Dauphin Tue 03-Sep-13 12:55:28

P.S. my DH loathes my bless.

Dauphin Tue 03-Sep-13 12:57:00

Shop - I love that swaeter.

I am looking for a funnel neck sweater for AW...anyone seen anything?

I think I've worked out my route to the MU! As long as I get on the right tube, I'll be fine grin If I don't appear though, do send out a search party, I'll be the one wandering round with a very confused look on her face and bright purpley/red hair grin

turquoise - that dress you linked is simply fabulous.

I have a bit of a downer on babies in football outfits too if I am being honest.

Ok, will start the pinterest thing more seriously, my picture is linked to Facebook so will be a photograph of a pony pulling his lips back and revealing all his teeth, it's DD's pony, he does this all the time (weirdo) before you all think that I am strange...

Today's bargain of the day arrived.

Although, I was quite tempted by these.

I have bought nothing from M&S for years apart from (lots of) food and school uniform and so I am surprised to find things I like all of a sudden smile

My next job is to figure out short links smile

Leave a gap at the end of the address you've pasted then write one or two words strongone - then put the ]]. smile

Am sat with head full of foils and colour on the non foiled bits <slightly scared>. This really is going to be quite a change! Have been persuaded away from fringe as it would look odd being blonde and main head of hair darker, so middle parting and some blonde bits at the front, kind of like this but more caramel. I might be very unpopular at home later hmm

I wish I could go blonde but it reaaaaaaaallllllly doesn't suit me. Had it once and I looked even more ghost like than usual. My dreams of long curly blonde hair have been firmly shattered sad

I look horrid with blonde hair too, I have dark brown hair, blue eyes and fair skin. I have had blonde hair in the past though...why or why I now ask myself?

Ahh.. links like this?

Yummy skirt

QueenCadbury Tue 03-Sep-13 16:29:05

Last day of the hols so I let dc choose what to do. We've been to see despicable me again. Love that film!

Thanks for all the dress links mrsR, there are some gorgeous ones there. For those of you that missed the previous link, this is the dress that I have bought. Dh hasn't seen it yet but likes it online. I tried it on again today and i think it's a keeper. Think I'm just scared of committing so many weeks early. In some ways I'd prefer black as it's more versatile in the future but it just won't look quite as stunning as the blue colour.

Coat wise I'll be wearing this again for the third winter. Would love a new one but i can't really justify it when this is absolutely fine. There's too many other things I'd rather spend £300 on! I also have a black peacoat for smarter occasions which was bought in gap in New York 10 years ago when we got engaged. Still love it though.

For whoever asked about dc, mine are 7, 5 ( nearly 8 and 6) and 2. The 7 yo wants an iPod for her birthday and looked at them today but didn't realise they were so pricey. Any of yours of similar ages have one? The dc already have an old iPad (with a cracked screen) to share so not sure I'm keen to get her one.

Bought a gunmetal leather belt today in JL but can't find a link online along with a skylanders lunchbox!

QueenCadbury Tue 03-Sep-13 16:30:40

Will look at all the other links properly later!

Survived!grin they're all so little!
Needsa I have teens too....also in Yorkshire.
Unlauf I'm having a skirt moment too, love them, but I'm fussy....need to be able to sit on floors and have pockets.
Santa thanks for the kind comment, I'll still be around though!
Shop I LOVE that jumper...see you have proven my theory that if you know what you want you eventually find it.

Wore my M and S leopard print slippers love love them......tempted to but the black and red too, great price.

Came home to room carpet,floor all over the place! Cables and bits of cables in almost every room......and random workmen popping up in every room. Good job I have lots of rocky road for them.....don't think it's been an easy job!

QueenCadbury Tue 03-Sep-13 17:24:02

Nice looking workmen I hope dry?

The only workmen I've ever seen have been wrinkled old men with pot bellies and serious builders bum hmm

I hope you got lucky with the workmen dry grin

Lucky as in they were good looking, nothing else! blush

No builders bum here, just great Yorkshire blokes happy with lots of tea and cake.

Annianni Tue 03-Sep-13 17:43:22

Did someone mention workmen?! grin

Qc the dress link doesn't work on my phone, have you pinned it?
Or what's the style name?

Coats for a/w, I've got a dark green peacoat that I got last year and barely wore, because I lived in my parka that I also got last year.
Also got a black thin waterproof number.
A green 3/4 sleeve one that I want to dye.
And a chocolate duvet coat from Gap for really cold days.
Also got the same duvet coat in black in a smaller size, and various others that are too small too hmm

I'd quite like a grey one this year, or maybe the dark red one from Cos.

Who was asking about dc ages?
My ds's are 9 and 2.
Dsd lives with us and is 16.

Our first day back at school was lovely and quiet.
We went to see a friends new horse.
It's an ex racehorse and so pretty.
Very soft too, Ds2 was sat on her back.

Dauphin Tue 03-Sep-13 18:17:17

We have nice builders too...genuine and pleasant. No phwoar factor but that's okay as long as they do the job well. (I must be getting old!)

santamarianovella Tue 03-Sep-13 18:59:45

mrsR I think it's doable,you just need a really good tailor ,you don't want to mess with the shape,great coat too,
marsha I've seen really nice marant jacket while on hols,can't find them here at all , take your time with the coat hunt you don't want to rush into something you will hate later,Stella m make really durable and coats,
dry workmen or not ,northern men are way hotter then the rest,wink

needastrogone can you link your pin?

I got both jackets today and like them both very much,love the the color of the iro,and the marant has very flattering shoulders, the pictures on the site does no justice to it, will take a pic of both.

Anni is that a grey duvet coat or just a grey coat? I'm looking for a grey duvet coat.....let me know if you find one.

Coat wise;
Merell Wakefield in black for rain
Green wool/cashmere knee length tie belt for smarter w/e
Airforce blue knee length boiled wool swing coat worth high neck I bought a few years back in France, lovely.
Black fitted for posh
Khaki quilted jacket style belted for countryside stuff.

I would love a camel,single breasted, knee length but v fitted blokes coat....just classic,classy with anything.

I'm with you Dauphin ....and they Hoover up! shock
santa Some northern men are hot sean Bean some Yorkshire men are mono syllabic, un romantic and obstinate but you always know where you stand I guess because they tell it as it is........I'm not married to one but I guess DS is born and bred Yorkshire which is odd since I'm southern through and through But he's lovely smile

Annianni Tue 03-Sep-13 19:21:06

I'd like a grey cocoon coat ideally Dry.
I'll keep an eye out for any grey padded ones for you.

I am so super sexy right now in Dp's old hole ridden t-shirt, rolled up leggings and a Miss Piggy shower cap on to stop my hair dye dripping grin

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 19:26:51

Dry was it your first day today???? Or am I imagining that? How was it?

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 19:29:10

QueenC I keep meaning to tell you how gorgeous your kids are! smile

santamarianovella Tue 03-Sep-13 19:33:05

have been trying to upload the image but no success,how do you all do it?

dry have not met the mono syllabic type yet grin,dh is the tell it as it is type,which i like, it can get a bit too honest,and took me some time to adjust to it,but i rather be with someone who says whats on his mind than someone who sugar coat the truth IYKWIM.

noviceoftheday Tue 03-Sep-13 19:49:56

Hello all! I am so excited. Mortgage loan offer came through this evening.gringringrin We have been on tenterhooks for the last couple of days as we were asking them to loan us the money for the new house and not selling current house, so we were worried they might tell us to sod off or try and a take charge over both houses. Yippee!

Right, off to check out Mrs R's linkssmile

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 19:54:52

Congrats Novice that's great news!

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 19:58:46

Santa save the picture to your desktop, or another easy to access place. Click on Choose File in the Image box under the text window at the bottom of the thread. Click choose existing, and then select your image.

Sorry - I mixed up Queen and Dry when I was talking about slightly older dc's blush

Back from salon, jury is out on the hair for me and DH. It's definitely darker! May need a few highlights put back through next week but need to see in a few days/washes. While I was there Meg Matthews came in wearing the Marant dress you linked Marsha, I really liked it (not that MM would be my style icon of choice however).

Santa I haven't figured how to pin photos either <awaits tutorial> grin.

Fantastic news on the mortgage Novice!

Decameron Tue 03-Sep-13 20:08:04

My DDs are 5 and 2. DD1 is back on Thurs, DD2 won't go to nursery until next year.

I love that Coast dress, QueenC.

Santa lovely jackets.

Coats, hmm, I have a lot: camel Gerard Darel, a pink Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, red DVF, midnight Aigle Cuckmere, black DKNY wool peacoat, North Face ski jacket, light Weekend Maxmara black coat, and a couple of trenches and Barbours.

All in good condition, I probably don't need anything but would like a navy or black wool coat. I've just pulled a black ankle length Calvin Klein coat down from the loft, I haven't worn it in years, winters aren't as harsh as east coast US here. I wonder if I could have it shortened or would that ruin it.

QueenCadbury Tue 03-Sep-13 20:22:23

Just tried the coast dress on again. Still stunning from the front but not so stunning from the rear view grin. My bottom really does ruin the line of dresses. Will make a final decision at the weekend when my mum can see it-she'll be brutally honest!

shop thank you for saying that.

Off to bed. Am knackered and know it'll be a tough morning getting dc back into the routine. Night all.

Excellent news on the house novice

I am so tired, I'm not even sure why as I have done the bare minimum all day. Think I'm going to have to see the GP and ask some questions about my medications, this level of tiredness is just not normal

My DS is 3.5 and my DD is 2 (born a few weeks after Decameron's DD2 - she lost the weight much faster!) I've just applied for reception and nursery for them for next year, but they go to a little private nursery which they LOVE, and I'll be sad to take them out!

Coat wise I have my black Calvin Klein, a black Zara duvet coat which I hate now, a short plum Uniqlo duvet, a navy Gap trench, a leopard print M&S trench (looks better than it sounds, honest), a leopard furry Asos number, neon yellow Gap parka, hideous olive green North face practical thing (bought while pregnant like all my expensive mistakes) and a navy Barbour international. Wouldn't mind a new less ugly duvet and a smarter one to mix it up for work.

Decameron Tue 03-Sep-13 20:39:39

Yes, but you are now a size 8, Amber and I will never see that again!

On a very good day! In Gap!

Novice fantastic news! Well done.
Shop yes, first day back. Love it...they're all so wide eyed and in awe and trying really hard to be super sensible....chuckle to myself when they all line up, looking all serious, with their arms crossed. I said to a yr 2 today that she'd grown a lot over the holiday, she said "Mrs Dry you've grown too" confused!!!!
Santa I just prefer straightforward not rude people, so quite happy up here smile

Mominatrix Tue 03-Sep-13 20:49:06

Evening all!

What is the Mumsnet scarf? I hear about it, but am never certain what it is?

Marsha , it will be lovely to see you again. Looking forward to it.

sleep no worries about mistaking the available colours. I love the coat you linked to. How thick are Iro jackets, and are they lined? Love the Marant Etoile dress, despite MM wearing it (actually, it probably looked fantastic on her). This thread is dangerous!

Umlauf love that style of skirt and have seen many versions of it for the upcoming season. I think that it is very flattering, and less severe than a pencil skirt. I have heard of Vestaire - seems to be a re-sale site that is not an auction site. I have heard very good things about it. I looked through it and there is a stunning Prada black wool coat in my size with fox fur all over the bottom - love it, but DH would have a conniption as I don't need another coat this year.

santamarianovella - DS loves coconut water - why? I agree that it has an unpleasant taste of watery mucus. Bletch. It is just a fad.

MrsR - you can definitely get that coat shortened. Another thing you can do to spruce the coat is to change the lining to an OOMPH one (striking colour or pattern). I think that it is interesting that today people don't renovate their clothes very often (if at all) when it was very common in the past. Probabaly to do with how cheap clothes are now.

OneLittleLady grin - I look similar to you, minus the shower cap. DOn't care - it's comfortable.

Novice: congratulations! What a relief wine.

Coats I will be wearing this fall/winter:
IM tweed cocoon coat (black, grey, burgundy) I purchased last year
Canada Goose long Parka (dark grey) - could not survive winter (and rugby-mum role) without it
Burberry 3/4 wool tailored coat (sage green with gunmetal silver buttons)
Belstaff biker jacket with fur collar
multicoloured fur chubby (hand me down from mum)
grey/white wool popover with cowl neck and 3/4 length sleeves from J crew (more of a fall coat)
and my new black Zara wool bled coat with many zips (like a long wool biker jacket)

Tomorrow is supposed to be a scorcher - yeah!

santamarianovella Tue 03-Sep-13 21:09:45

shop i must be thick blush.did what you said but nothing,does it not work with ipads? will set a secret board,that way i can try them on just need dh to come back from his trip to take decent pics

sleep i love that dress,and its much nicer irl,i saw a 6ft russian glamazon trying it on with over the knee boots,

mom the iro jacket is not lined,not very thick, unlike the marant ones,which are wooly and chunky

novice congrats

dd is 2,i think she is born within the same week as ambers, i could be wrong

Santa (sorry if I'm repeating what Shop said)......using the iPad Pinterest app ...
On left hand tool bar go to camera then just take a photo or use existing.
Is this what you tried?

santamarianovella Tue 03-Sep-13 21:21:48

i did that dry,the wifi is low these days,maybe thats why it takes a while to upload? will try again,hope it works.

shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 21:45:44

Santa did I misunderstand? Are you trying to upload a pic to this thread, or to Pintrest?

Santa you'll probably find the same pic x 40 on Pinterest in a couple of hours! house is swarming with daddy long legs....hate the buggers!

santamarianovella Tue 03-Sep-13 22:00:34

on this thread shop, after choosing the pic from the files on my ipad ,i just dont know what to do next ? i tried adding a little comment and clicking the post button,but it doesnt get through i figured,it has to do with ipads? i might create a secret board and pin pic of me trying it on

My pinterest board, so far anyway.

I need to glam up a bit clearly. Haven't got round to that bit yet, I think that I am still in holiday mode.

[ Pinterest]

libertychick Tue 03-Sep-13 22:34:34

Hello, too tired to catch up properly but wanted to chip in a few links:

This New Look jacket is great, good fit, quality seems good - Brown not really my colour but someone should buy it!

So light, so warm, so flattering, this will be on my back all winter Love it! Got it in black, v tempted to get another colour too.

If anyone sees a red blazer like this one please let me know - bit cheaper would be good - for my little sis smile

MU sounds great - really hoping I can make it. Will catch up properly when I can...

trying again, it's time for bed


shopafrolic Tue 03-Sep-13 22:57:23

I've only ever posted a pic to this thread from my BB or my laptop so perhaps it's an iPad issue?
Lying in bed looking at my Vince sweater hanging on the front of my wardrobe - love it.
Marsha I've PM'd you a link for London stockists.

MarshaBrady Tue 03-Sep-13 23:23:43

Thanks Shop that's really nice, thank you!

Bit late, back tomorrow. Night.

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 07:21:12

Morning Dry
Dull day planned today, supermarket and playdate.... Yawn. Today and tomorrow are meant to be hot though I think? Best get the legs out!
Marsha I never answered about coats. Sorry. I've got my Maison Scotch camel. Coat, my grey wool collar Sportmax, various Barbours and tweeds for the country stuff, my Muubaa biker and the old black leather from GAP I wore to last MU which I put a faux fur gilet over when it gets cold.
Have wonderful days everyone.
Sleep how do you feel about your hair today? I wonder if Meg is a lurker? smile

Hey Shop...mmm, not so sure I like the hair. DH still mostly a no - "well it's alright, but certainly a step towards de-glamming" was the comment later on last night hmm. I need to see how it washes but at the moment I feel like running back to the salon to get highlights put back in! But I think the darker bits will fade a but then it may be better....

That alarm at 6.50am was a killer this morning, glad the kids are back to school but sad at the early starts! Third disturbed night in a row again too, which probably isn't helping my mood hmm.

I keep looking at the shearling gilet here although of course they have now sold out in my size <ponders who buys shearling when it is still 26deg > hmm. Those of you who have them, do you wear a lot? Do all of you think they are a good buy now or possibly next year they will be a little bit passé?

That's nice shop, it is a nice place but a bit chilly!

Legs out ladies!!!grin

Have a good day

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 08:41:24

Sleep oh, I wouldn't like the de-glamming comment either! Have any of your girlfriends seen you to give an opinion? Or you could stick a pic on Anni's private board on Pin?
I wore my gilet loads last year when it was really cold (not shearling though) - I liked the fact that I could sling it on over a leather jacket and get the warmth without losing the leather IYSWIM. I doubt they'll get passé as they seem to reappear year after year don't they?

McNally Wed 04-Sep-13 08:48:22

Change in hair always takes a while to get used to (especially for men I've found). Am sure you look great sleep, the examples you pinned we're lovely, but easy to get highlights back in to lift it if you don't grow to love it.

The Temperley dress arrived. I haven't had a chance to try it on yet, but it kind of reminds me of a child's party dress, so I'm a bit hmm. Also should probably be spending on stuff to wear everyday rather than yet another dress...

noviceoftheday Wed 04-Sep-13 09:08:27

Dd started in reception this morning. I hardly slept last night as i am nervous for her. She looked so cutesmile so my first school gate stylegrin a burnt orange cowl neck top by kaliko, gap always straight jeans, kg ballerinas and Chloe Marcie. Did I pass the test?!

Sleep, I cannot imagine you looking anything other than glam! Men and change?shock

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 09:16:28

Wow! Big day Novice - your outfit sounds great. Were your couple crush at the gates? smile

Annianni Wed 04-Sep-13 09:20:03

I'd probably cry at the de-glamming comment hmm

I agree and I'm nosy add a photo on pin please Sleep.

Congrats on the house Novice, and great outfit.

Fab news on your course Foxy.

Lovely sweater Shop.

It makes me realise how many lurkers there are out there, when I offered to forward the gap voucher and I get loads of pm's off names that I've never seen on s&b before!?

kalidasa Wed 04-Sep-13 09:27:07

Thanks for the welcome everyone. I think you're right about bravissimo for my problematic bra size! Even though I'm sure they're still changing I'm going to have to buy a few more bras as I just don't have enough. I have tackled the first stage though and done a big clear out of all the bras that really don't fit, and also the hideous maternity ones, which I'm going to hide in the loft.

The New Look jacket looks interesting liberty. I haven't even been in New Look for years.

I have managed to sign up for pinterest and I am following a few of you but I have yet to venture into posting anything myself, in fact I haven't really worked out how to yet. When I do, I am here:

I've got a new jacket arriving today so if I like it I'll try and take a photo for you all.

I've got to go to a wedding on Saturday and am struggling a bit to work out what to wear.

Argh. Feeling rubbish about the hair now. Our nanny liked it a lot yesterday but we do, after all, pay her. She laughs at all my jokes too wink. Will wash it and try and post a pic later. Be gentle!

Fab news about course Foxy, when does it start?

Novice did you cry? Sound like you would have been most stylish mummy at the gate, tears or not smile.

Random question but what are your thoughts on capes?

Off to GAP later to get kids stuff and check out what's new to use the discount on.

noviceoftheday Wed 04-Sep-13 09:33:03

Thanks Shop and Annismile

No, couple crush were at pre school and aren't going to the same school. I am devastated. I will have to find a new couple to stalk!

Hello lurkers! Do feel free to join in. Everyone is lovely.

I realise that I told a whole bunch of people about the house before my mumblush and I still have only told one of my siblings. Mum's first question predictably was what is wrong with your current house?

Next week is the start of new school year for my charity's adopted village school. I have a call later with the headmaster to check that they have the uniforms, shoes, rucksacks, belts, books, pens and pencils for all 200 pupils (its gone up). Yeah!

noviceoftheday Wed 04-Sep-13 09:36:02

Sleep, thank yousmile no I didn't cry but oh I definitely wobbled! Our nanny was trying to hold it together when we left her. She forgot to take photos at the front door when we left so she's upset. Dh just said " she can take pictures tomorrow!"hmm

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 09:38:55

Everyone back at school and pre-school today. Very sweet. Ds1 adores his school. The school where he used to go, the little pre-prep, they had their first day, made me have that moment of awww.

Momin I so envious re the tweed Marant coat, I had my eye on one in Liberty but missed out on it. Wonder if it's the same one. Canada Goose sounds very warm.

Santa I have a theory that the Marant stuff isn't photographing very well and it's all nicer in rl. For the wool jackets and probably for the dress too.

Liberty really hope you can make the MU, be great to see you.

Decam need to up my coat numbers!

Sleep good one MegM! re -hair, I'm sure you are still very glam but if you are still not keen after a while, you could add highlights. I like that shearling gilet, but I don't have one.

McNally it's very pretty, but might feel too sweet and girly. Depends on how you feel about it I think.

Anni that is strange!

Welcome to pin Kalidasa.

Gorgeous day and the peace and quiet is rather sublime, espresso in the sunshine I think.

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 09:39:43

Novice well done on first day. And congratulations on the house!

Anni gorgeous pins you've been adding. I started to add comments then realised I like pretty much everything grin.

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 09:56:56

Marsha I'm feeling left out grin

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 09:59:59

Haha! I just saw your name on threads I'm on and my first thought was damn I didn't include Shop! grin

How's this week going? Is ds in nursery today?

Decameron Wed 04-Sep-13 10:01:07

Kalidasa, maybe start by repinning looks you like?

Santa, I agree, coconut water is bleurgh.

Sleep, I am sure your hair is gorgeous now, don't mind that husband of yours, but I do like it blonde (from your FB photos). I like that gilet too.

I like capes on other people but found them quite annoying on me, maybe because I wore it when I was pregnant and couldn't wait to get rid of it.

Novice, forgot to say say good news about the mortgage and hope your DD has a good first day at school. They are so sweet in reception. DD1 starts year 1 tomorrow. She hasn't said much about it but she is looking forward to wearing her new Lelli Kellys!

Marsha, I am a coat down, I decided I look like an undertaker in the black CK one. I have now created a need for a black or navy coat.

MrsRadicchio Wed 04-Sep-13 10:09:54

Ah Novice I think I will be a wreck when DS1 starts school - little baby growing up. Good news about the school you are supporting increasing its numbers. Will you get to go out there sometime?

Sleep I too am sure your new hair looks fab. Probably just a case of getting used to it (how about waiting for 3 weeks then if you still feel the same, get some highlights put in again) and also maybe needing to wear different colours / make up?

I love capes but like Decam not on me. More of a shape thing for me as I need a fitted top half.

Having decided I didn't need a new coat, I really like these:

One of them is by Per Una!! I think I am tending towards number 2 though.

Someone asked about autumn shoes, I think I am going to try to wear my slipper shoes and brogues - I have loads of them and never wear them, just end up going for comfy trainers instead.

MrsRadicchio Wed 04-Sep-13 10:15:58

Thanks for the advice re the coat, everyone. Now I am wondering if I should leave it long, as I don't actually have a long coat. To be worn in the style of Caroline Issa

Decameron Wed 04-Sep-13 10:18:02

Lovely coats, MrsR.

Shoes: I am going to get chestnut pistols and silver Ash virgins as my black Ash are wrecked. I wear R&B rockafellas or black pistols a lot in winter and still like ballet flats so will wear those until it gets cold.

santamarianovella Wed 04-Sep-13 10:19:25

sleep im sure your hair looks amazing,dont get highlights,wait for the color to settle,did you get an ombre? i had a subtle one like the pic of lily you pinned,my mom's reaction was shock,and i got all panicky ,dh didnt even notice it till i pointed out. it looks good now and often get asked about the colorist,if i can work the image thing out would post a pic of it angry

i love capes,have a bottle green paul and joe one,

novice your outfit sounds great,

mcnally thats a stunning dress! nothing childish about it.

MrsRadicchio Wed 04-Sep-13 10:24:27

Really like the shearling gilet Sleep and wearing over leather jacket.

noviceoftheday Wed 04-Sep-13 10:28:56

If I was tall enough, I would wear a cape Mrs R. I love the long coat, however, you have just reminded me that I bought a coat by Jaeger last year that I never wore because it was too long. I need to get it shortened. considerably. I look like an hobo in it at the moment!

Sadly, I don't think I will be able to get out to the village for a while. I am doing so much travelling these next 4 months that no way i could leave the dcs even for a weekend. And it's in the country side so a pain to get to, plus dh doesn't want a christmas break this year, so it's an all round "no".

Thanks Decam, hope your last holiday day is a good one!

I think I left my hair dye on a little too long last night, my hair is now a very very dark purple. Luckily, it's only a semi so no harm done and I finally got the purple hair I wanted a while back grin

All those with DCs starting school/nursery for the first time this week, good luck. It gets easier to leave them as the days go on, all of them will be fine, just remember to show much gratitude for the collages and glitter pictures that are about to come your way grin

foxysocks Wed 04-Sep-13 10:59:05

i really want a faux fur shearling for wearing over leather jacket. not seen the right one yet.

am totes gutted re: westwood skirt. it's divine but it sits slightly too high for me and I can't find it anywhere in a 10. [cry]

I have helped lurkers by DM before and not even received a thank you anni. massively off putting for posting here at all tbh.

thanks for course congrats, it starts in Jan smile

shame about the skirt foxy it might come up in a bigger size at a later time maybe?

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 11:35:45

grin Marsha
DS is at home today. His Uncle has just popped round with a present for him! Take a look on my FB profile those that know me........

MrsRadicchio Wed 04-Sep-13 12:24:44

What is DM Foxy? Congrats on course btw

foxysocks Wed 04-Sep-13 14:01:36

Direct mail MrsR.

QueenCadbury Wed 04-Sep-13 14:29:07

Phew, busy day. Getting back to school was fine but went straight to toddler group after and had been so worked up remembering everything for school that I totally forgot her nappies!

Just been trying to catch up in admin whilst dd asleep-all the bills and emails that I've ignored over the summer!

foxy shame about the skirt

mig you ok?? You haven't posted for a while although I know you're pinning...

novice great news about the mortgage.

sleep agree with others that maybe give yourself (and dh) a chance to get used to the hair. Unless of course that you know that you completely hate it then change it now!

Following mrR advice I'm wearing bright red lips to do my admin stuff! Will I be brave enough to leave them on for the school run though...?

Umlauf Wed 04-Sep-13 15:56:36

mcnally the dress is soooo beautiful! Especially the sleeves, keep it!!

I like the second coat mrsR but prefer longer ones in general, they are kinder I think. I have a wool cashmere camel dressing gown style one from last year that is mid-calf length though and never wear it because I'm so worried about it getting splashed with muddy rainwater, but I can't decide whether to have it dyed a darker colour or taken up. My fur collar coat still hasn't arrived despite being despatched over a week ago, and I keep waiting in for the postman! Grrr.

sleep if you are blonde underneath the colour will almost certainly soften. I'm sure it looks lovely and it's a case of getting used to it!

queenC I love the red lips look but am too shy to pull it off in day, so I'm rooting for you!

I get to live out my grunge dreams next Friday as I'm going to see one the big Seattle four, Soundgarden in Manchester grin

I might even make my own vest to wear grin grin

I like red lips too, but my lips are quite thin anyway, and I don't think they are my best feature so tend to go big on the eyes and pale on the lips. Well I did, having DC meant embracing a more minimal look.

Hope you guys with younger children enjoyed some free time today, and a little peace and quiet. I was fine when DS started school as he is one of the oldest in the year and ready for the challenge, DD was quite the opposite and I hated leaving this little tot (she was a tiny, petite little thing) at school. Luckily, the size of her mouth more than made up for the lack of age and stature smile

New Look - not been in for years until recently, as DD is a pre-teen and at that funny age where adult clothes don't quite fit yet, even in a small size, or they are not quite appropriate for her age but she finds girls clothes too young in terms of style. She quite likes the odd thing there but the quality is generally poor and some of the clothes, well, they are just too 'sexy' for her I feel (think crop tops and micro skirts, slogans like 'babe' 'hot chick' etc), Luckily, so does she, she's more 'skater chick'! Can't comment on the quality of the adult clothes though tbh.

This arrived today from the Boden Ebay shop. Usually dislike Boden as the fit is awful on me and it's not really my style anyway but I quite like this for £30 as I think it will be versatile if I accessorise correctly. It also comes up very small, which is good as I am a size 6, which precludes a lot of stuff, should I wish to purchase anyway smile


MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 18:32:36

Foxy bah on the skirt.

Mig are you ok?

Need really like that dress.

I need to get a hair cut, I loathe it when I realise it's time and it suddenly feels too long and not neat enough. Then I have the same crisis every time on how much to spend. Aveda creative director or senior stylist. Etc. Too many options, whatever I do I'll feel like it's loads!

Sleep which one do you usually go to? (If you're ok to say)

Are DM's to cliche to wear to see a grunge band? hmm

Marsha my guy is second from bottom in the pecking order and it's still £62. Bearing in mind I have the simpler it ever - blunt bob, no layers! He does it well though, and I like the whole experience too much to go cheap!

noviceoftheday Wed 04-Sep-13 19:57:09

Evening all. My baby survived day one of school!grin its such a short day compared to nursery isn't it? Now feel massively tired after last nights total lack of sleep. blush I am hoping to get a 6/8 km run in before the school run else I going to lard on weight after 3 days working from home!

I had such a great conversation with the headmaster of the village school. It's all very exciting for next week. I am also sponsoring an older child who was bright but dropped out of secondary school because the family couldn't afford the fees. I chickened out of telling him that I wanted the sponsorship package to include sanitary towelsblush

Mig, I have also been wondering whether you're okay.

All sounds very exciting novice it's very humbling to know that someone could put in so much hard work for the benefit of others. I wish you every success smile

noviceoftheday Wed 04-Sep-13 20:16:05

Aww thanks One. It's something I am v passionate about and if I wasn't doing my day job this would be my next thing. I am v fortunate so nice to be able to give back. I am learning a lot too. normally i call the shots at work but learning to work collaboratively with a different type of person has been a real eye opener for me. Only a handful of people know about it in rl so you're all v generous letting me occasionally ramble on about it on here. Plus I have had some lovely support via pms especially when I am frustratedgrin.

Giving back is always to be applauded novice no matter what scale it's on. If more people thought about giving back instead of taking whatever they can, the world would be a far nicer place. I live in hope that more people will learn that

QueenCadbury Wed 04-Sep-13 20:31:15

marsha I pay £55 for a cut and blow dry with the top stylist at essentials. I may only have a bob but I'm very particular in how it is cut (no layers=hangs there limply, too many layers=looks crap) and so I would pay anything for someone I'm happy with. I've always made it clear to dh that I'll compromise on some things but not my hair grin.

Whoever asked about capes, I personally wouldn't. Tbh I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone wearing one.

umlauf I blotted the red lipstick to within an inch of its life so it was more of a stain. I need to get braver. Trouble is no-one round here really wears bright lippy so I'm scared of standing out for the wrong reasons. Today at toddler group I was mildly depressed at all the tunics, comfy shoes and cath kidston bags. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with that but sometimes I wish someone would push the boundaries a but more and be a bit more high fashion. Or am I just terribly shallow grin.

So my question tonight is, what is the standard clothing of mums at your school gates/toddler groups etc...

There's a massive gap between the women I used to see at the school gates. Half of them looked like they'd been up since five am primping and preening with their perfectly applied make up, hair perfectly done, long painted nails, fake tans and perfectly accessorised outfits. Then the other half were a combination of pj bottoms, too short jeans with the much maligned 'mum boots', socks and flip flops/slippers and massive parka coats over the above mentioned. I was neither, I sat somewhere in the middle I think

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 20:42:44

Sitting in a restaurant waiting for a girlfriend to arrive for a long overdue catch up. V casual in grey J Crew tee, Current Elliot skinnies, YSL arty ring, Missoni flats and bright orange lipstick!
Not going to say what I pay for my cut and colour blush

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 20:46:14

Oh go on Shop! Mine is loads.

I separate the cut and the colour because I can't bear to pay all at once.

Amber and QueenC my hair cut is so simple it hurts to pay the above. All one length, slightly shorter at the back as heavier there.

Novice sounds fabulous.

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 20:47:31

Oh and school gate. The scene has changed a bit. At the last school the fashion was tops. Marant, vintage, big on style, really lovely. This one is a bit more every day.

Decameron Wed 04-Sep-13 21:05:18

Have fun, Shop.

Lots of designer jeans, Boden, Anya Hindmarch and Mulberry bags on my school run, quite a few in yoga or running gear.

Annianni Wed 04-Sep-13 21:38:11

I love capes.
I've got an ancient grey Reiss woolly one with buttons up the front.
An even older m&s cable knit.
And the grey merino one I got from Banana Republic a few weeks ago.

My school is a mix of too short mum jeans with fleeces.
A few skinny jeans, converse etc.
And one mum who likes the sequin Uggs.

The only designer bag I've ever seen at school, was an ancient Versace one that I'd donated to the local charity shop previously.

santamarianovella Wed 04-Sep-13 21:41:02

queen,our school gates varies,the majority are smart dressed working women,the rest are in gym gear,or casual luxe, but i must say lots of judging goes around there,guess its the same everywhere.

marsha hair is the only thing i dont compromise with,im even too scared to switch shampoos,and that alone is more than i want to spend on,but i think its worth it,

enjoy your evening shop your outfit sound great.

Annianni Wed 04-Sep-13 21:41:31

Great outfit Shop.

Thanks for the pin compliments Sleep.
How are you feeling about your hair now?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 04-Sep-13 21:46:04

Good evening, O Doyennes of Style. Our school is quite a mixture - from glamma mammas to some who look as though the last time they shopped for clothes was in 1983. There are a couple of very stylish types - simple but well put-together. I can only gaze on with envy.

Quick run down of my recent purchases:

Leather Oasis skirt - soft, pliable leather, fits like a glove, beautiful and you'd never guess it wasn't 'high end'.

Zara tartan trousers - the small were waaaay too loose and fit nothing like the picture. Felt like something MIL would wear. Returned immediately.

Hobbs Ada dress in orange - Really wanted to love it, but it was just a bit too big all over. And as size 8 is the smallest they do, no possibility of replacing it so another return.

I have ordered this jacket and skirt as replacement racewear as I feel I could style it up a bit and I like the look of the fit. Also looks as though it could fit neatly under a winter coat.

Bought a few bits from the new Jack Wills AW collection including a gorgeously fluffy baseball-style sweatshirt which appears to have sold out already, hence lack of link.

Still waiting for shop's Vince sweater to suddenly appear in a small. Have you had it yet shop?

Evening all.

Busy day, work then showrooms.

1.Oak flooring.
I went with my plank under my arm ( plenty of wood/plank jokes from my colleagues ) to match.
Me " I'm looking to match this"
Him. Rummage,rummage, finds a good sample.
Me " yup, that looks good. Can you give me a price per mtr?"
Him " I'll have to check"
Me " I've been quoted xx a mtr true don't want to pay more"
Him " no it will be more"
Me " ok, thanks "
Crap salesman, didn't even ask how big my floor space was......I could be living in a mansion!!!shock

2. Bifolding doors.
Have found them! Amazing things. And get this, little slatted blinds between the panes so no need for curtains in kitchen a bug bear of mine,there are many controlled by a solar powered touch pad!!!!shock for ££££ extra sad. DH says no sad.

Style and beauty news.
this dress arrived. Despite black ban I couldn't resist it . Fab from the front, horrid from the back admittedly was wearing bad pants . It's going back, I now like my body, don't need a garment that will reverse those feelings.
My lovely friend came round and gave me 400ml Lancôme toner and cleanser shed been given but a Dermalogica only woman. Love Lancôme.

QueenC I channelled on of your colour combos and pink, lovely.
Sleep when I had my hair bobbed DH said it was nice but "I'd like to see it long again one day" when? Before we die?!!! I like it, won't be long again. Let it bed in for at least a week, if you still don't feel like you then you can change it, that's the great thing about hair. smile
I love red lipstick, matt. Looking for a rusty red, can't do pinky reds.

Oh, did I mention I have no hot water for 24 hrs? Not the end of the world......will teach my teens that you don't need continual power showers. Nothing like a cold wash with cold water to wake you up grin

I have a all need to bring your DCs to my school !!!!!
Novice I would approach you and your DC and subtly, without you even noticing , take her book bag and the Marcie too grin fab school gates outfit.

Annianni Wed 04-Sep-13 21:47:47

I vote coat number 2 MrsR.

Shop nothing better than a catch up with a girl friend. Hope it's going well.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 04-Sep-13 21:59:25

Dry I confess to a weakness for Lancome also. Went into Boots last week as I needed to replace my Visionnaire serum, saw the 'free gifts' offers....ended up spending £140 on serum, blusher and cleanser shock but came away with an absolute shedload of freebies - estimate about £100 worth! Including the loveliest exfoliator which leaves my skin as silky as anything could. Obvs smuggled the bag in from the car - wouldn't want DH asking awkward questions.

Hi - getting used to the hair but still not sure its really me. Tried to upload some pics but for some reason it wont work sad. Will try again in the morning.

I have 3 DC's at 3 different schools...

DS1 lots of undoubtedly expensive clothes, not a lot of it stylish <miaow>, but there are one or two that stand out as relaxed and stylish, one in particular loves her higher end but relaxed designer stuff, think Balenciaga bg, LV scarf, Dries and a bit of Marni. She always looks cool. Lots of Jewish mums but not the rarer (or not, around here), immaculately groomed and sharp elbowed kind, more the slightly rumpled, exhausted by their family kind. Pretty dull.

DD - every style you can think of - the odd very smart woman on her way to work in lovely trouser suit (think Novice type career), one, my good friend, who dresses in a similar way to me but slightly more androgynous, Kooples type way, also slightly smarter as she runs her own beauty business. Then hippy style, eccentrics, mumsies, or Uggs and Paul and Joe parkas, you name it.

DS2 - the most fun - if not gym gear then the mums here are mostly understated, casual dress - typical outfit would be cashmere, skinny jeans, Lanvin flats, lovely bags. There are two or three mums who work in fashion and they look great. One is very quirky and cool but the one I am most envy of is typically to be seen in skin tight J brands, Marant blouse, big (cream shock) Celine phantom bag. Best seeing her when she is on her way to work rather than at home grin, she always looking fabulous. Probably the closest thing I have to a style crush smile.

Marsha - I go to Mowgli, the Aveda Concept salon in Primrose Hill, its lovely no mention of prices from me either but after years of the same stylist, who then became Creative Director, I switched to a level or two down. It was a slightly awkward conversation - felt like cheating on a boyfriend in front of him grin, but he was great about it. I just couldn't justify going every six weeks for a colour as I wanted to. I get it cut every other visit. It was switch or change salons...

Dry wood flooring can be horrendously expensive. DH fell in love with the floor in the lobby and bar of the Charlotte Street Hotel. It is reclaimed oak, varying widths and lengths, the effect is gorgeous. He nearly passed out too when we found a supplier and got a quote. Even when we found something at an acceptable price (not reclaimed, for a start wink) it cost twice as much as the other 2/3 of the house that is carpeted or tiled.

Clarins is my big weakness, beauty wise, love it.

QueenCadbury Wed 04-Sep-13 22:10:38

santa hope you didn't think I was judging people. I'm not. It's more that I find it mildly depressing that a lot of people seem to end up wearing the same sort of uniform of white stuff/cath kidston and i would just like for more people to break free. Maybe one day I'll turn up to toddler group in red lippy and heels wink. Seriously though, I think I look at too much Pinterest and see these fabulous looking off duty models whereas the reality in the surburbs of bristol is much different!

DCs primary school fashion camps mine have left now

1. The Boden clones....+ obligatory Mulberry bag.BMWs.
2. The Ash cool Mums.....Botox,blonde, skinnies,Ash trainers,Range Rovers, little dogs, Mulberry or MJ hand bags.
3. The 20/30 yr olds dressing like 60yr old no hopers...MPVs.
4. The Per Unas
5. A few chic business women
6. Gym bunnies......sweaty Betty, no cars obv....running.
7. The dog walkers.....Hunters or novelty Wellies,ugg jeans, labs with red collar/lead combos.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Wed 04-Sep-13 22:11:22

Just having a trawl around various websites - why is the photography at Cos so bloody awful? What about this picture would encourage anyone to want to recreate the look? I know I'm just thinking 'if it looks that bad on the model, what on earth would it look like on me?' <shudder>

Grumpy that looks like something I'd expect an OAP to be dressed in! Even my 86 year old Nanan was more stylish than that!

Needsa think our DDs are the same age (12/13) buying clothes is trick, I agree. My DD has similar taste to yours....skinny jeans, now bf jeans, hoodies, converse, loves JWills/Hollister/A and F I don't we try to copy that look. Are you listening to One D and Taylor Swift all the time too?

Agree Grumpy can't decide whether Zara or Cos models look more miserable!

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 22:16:42

The Zara models used to look great. Then they went all Cos-like. Not sure why.

I love THIS
think it's the purple that does it for me, I love purple grin

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 22:20:16

Haha Sleep I need to get highlights once really quickly and couldn't get regular guy so booked someone else and he bounded over and said hi, I felt disloyal. I was blush.

I love reclaimed floorboards, they are very ££.

I should take more notice of what everyone wears at new place. I haven't noticed anything really, lots and lots of skinny jeans, ankle boots and the odd gym gear and quite a few dogs on leads. At the old school I could see all the French designers. Lots in fashion and stylists, that kind of thing and we'd all compliment each other like mad.

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 22:21:30

That is very pretty One.

I love that you have three different schools btw Sleep, much more fun to compare!

I often slink off to the coffee shop to people watch. I have to say, there's not much style here. The town I live in is or was offcially the fattest town in England blush and I have to say, I might be overweight myself but I don't look as heavy as I am. Some of the sights though, women size 20+ bulging out of booty shorts and crop tops and polar opposite, teeny tiny slender girls dressing 20 years older than they really are. It's very bizarre

OK - I have uploaded some pics to show hair for mnmates (I have tried to add the more recent MNV joiners!). Not sure hair before/after actually looks that different on the photos though blush - but it is, honest! Those who have met me might see the difference more.....

sorry - in order they go hair today - hair before - hair today - hair before grin]!

santamarianovella Wed 04-Sep-13 22:30:00

queen oh, no i didnt think that,its that at our school,and im sure other school around the country,its like no matter what you wear you get judged ,it can be tricky,you can never just be yourself,a couple mums were really bitchy last year,just by commenting on what i wear,be it gym gear or casual jeans and a tee. what made me shock, is that they would say dont get offended we are just kidding and smile!

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 22:31:47

Sleep I really like it. It looks lovely. It looked fabulous before, but it looks ace now. Btw your pics of your dc are so gorgeous.

That's nasty Santa hate insults veiled as jokes.poor you. Anyway they were just jealous.

I like it too sleep though if you really can't bear it after a week, go back and change it. No sense keeping it like that if you really don't like it

sleep it doesn't look much different to me and I have my glasses on you look beautiful in all the pics, love the windswept with dcs and am still envy that fab. (ash?) red asymmetric dress. Was expecting it really dark.

santamarianovella Wed 04-Sep-13 22:37:59

sleep your husband is soooo wrong!your hair looks gorgeous in all pics,

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 22:38:11

And yes it is quite close to before. I know things can feel really different when it gets to hair. I was soo upset when I went a little bit too short.

Annianni Wed 04-Sep-13 22:42:41

Is the car shot hair today?
If yes, then I love it, it looks fab.

Amber are you coming to the Oct meet up? It would be nice to meet you.
Mig where are you?

Annianni Wed 04-Sep-13 22:43:43

I thought it was going to be much darker than that.

Mine aren't at school yet and nursery mums vary enormously, but in the area I live it seems to be tunics, legging and fitflops/chunky boots varying by season. All very practical. They probably thought I was a right dick turning up at toddler group in leather skinnies.

Argh, it is! One more try, added one taken in the bathroom mirror, I am just off to bed...and aware that I am starting to come across as slightly psychotic grin - repeat to self, "it is only hair, it is only hair...."

And thank you for the lovely compliments of course, esp for the DC's! xxxx

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 22:58:29

Oh yes darker there. I still like it. Maybe would only need a few highlights?

Oh and it's not possible to overdo thinking about hair/ style / clothes on here. It's the law of Vogue.

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 23:03:47

Sleep I like it. Darker suits you, think it makes your eyes stand out more.... Will be good for AW and then can start to lighten up from the Spring again perhaps?
Lovely meal, my oldest school friend, great chat......
My hair costs over £100 a time, which is a hell of a lot considering it's short!!!!

Sleep looks darker. Still nice though. You've got to go with whatever you feel comfortable with is important, not "just hair"!!!shock
Amber I had imitation leather maternity straight cut jeans, I scared a lot of Mums at pre natal classes!shock

santamarianovella Wed 04-Sep-13 23:07:23

sleep honestly i see no big difference,it looks more current and up to date,very rock chic glam,it really suits you.

dry i doubt they read MNV,so will say it. i was wearing my gym clothes tank top and capri leggings, one of them said ;oh santa i didnt know you had such small boobs! are you sure mr santa is happy with those? shock, dh work colleague was walking in front of me and obviously heard it and other parents too,i didnt know what to say, just walked, im not prudish but you dont say these kind of remarks in public,

night all!

Ooh, One I love that dress too (I love purple too but never wear it, who knows why). If only I had a party to go to sad...., shall we have a MNV cocktail party one day grin <hopeful>

McNally Wed 04-Sep-13 23:09:22

I think the new hair looks lovely sleep. Can see the difference in the first photo particularly but gorgeous in all. And your DCs are so sweet!

That is rubbish santa though sounds a lot like the issue was with people making crappy comments rather than with anyone on the receiving end.

I don't have school or nursery run, only toddler groups, where I am usually running around trying to stop DD flinging herself off furniture to have a proper look at what people are wearing. Though on the whole, round here it is very much laid back cool, such as skinny jeans, loose bright vests, statement necklaces and lots of casual dresses, rather than anything designer (that I've identified anyway). Will be interesting to pay more attention with the weather getting cooler.

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 23:09:26

Grumpy good news about the Oasis skirt - I loved your Pin of that, and there is one v similar in Whistles for over £200!! Yes, Vince sweater is fab and a definite keeper- smell has gone too! [Grin]

noviceoftheday Wed 04-Sep-13 23:11:11

Sleep, honestly? You look goddamn stunning in all of them. Including the darker hair.

Santashock jeez! I would have swung for them!

QueenC did you pass on the cobalt blue dress? If so, pity because I thought it was cute.

They sound delightful Santa hmm. I am assuming their boobs were bigger as to be in proportion with their bums or weren't entirely their own though wink. Definitely smacks of envy to me.

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 23:12:12

Yes to MNV cocktail party, would love that! Any excuse to dress up.

Santa what a crazily rude thing to say.

noviceoftheday Wed 04-Sep-13 23:12:38

That's cute as in gorgeous as opposed to like a cat kind of cute!!

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 23:12:48

I'm assuming their boobs were fake. How rude!

Well I knew you'd sign up first for a party Marsha!

Towards Christmas perhaps? An evening out in London? Sure those of us in town can accommodate visitors overnight!

noviceoftheday Wed 04-Sep-13 23:17:08

Ooh hello Shop! Wanted to let you know that I am in New York next week. <enabler>wink

MarshaBrady Wed 04-Sep-13 23:17:09

I know, am so predictable grin.

Champers and Lanvin or what ever is going, what could be better? Near Christmas sounds good. Although we are thinking about a holiday, I don't want to miss a party grin.

noviceoftheday Wed 04-Sep-13 23:20:52

Christmas evening meet up sounds great. Bubbles!

I am waiting for dh to come to bed. In my declutter I found some pre-dc La Perla errrm negligeesThink he will be pleased to see them back in circulation.wink (We have kissed and made up btw!)

shopafrolic Wed 04-Sep-13 23:24:46

Well done Novice on the kissing and making up! DH and I are in separate rooms at the moment as our mattress is screwing up his back so we're off to John Lewis at the weekendto buy a new one.
You are naughty, I'm still lusting after the Madewell flats......
And YESSSSSS to Xmas frocks and bubbles

Mominatrix Thu 05-Sep-13 06:26:32

Morning everyone. Did not sleep well last night - probably because it is DS2's first day at proper school. I've had his uniform set out for the past week, as DS is also v excited, and has tried to wear the uniform several times. I am positive that he will be heartily sick of the uniform after a few weeks.

sleep - took a good look at your photos as I understand that it must be quite a change. I think that the problem is that the lighter blond goes well with the sunny weather we are having. However, the softer colouring will really suit the darker autumn/winter months. You look stunning both ways.

Kalidasa - have you decided what to wear to the wedding?

novice - what am amazing charity. Is the village school in the UK or abroad? Hope first day went well for your DS.

Mrs R - I prefer the second coat - prefer the boxy rather than belted style.

foxy - so sorry to hear about the west food skirt - is it something a tailor could fix? I have the name of a tailor in town who is used by the big design houses and who was able to take in a Chanel suit I purchased when pregnant for an extremely posh wedding. Not as cheap as my local tailor, but for very nice things, it is worth the higher price.

OneLittleLady - I remember Soundgarden! Happy days. Have fun at the concert, and grunge is back in this year.

Needastrongone - I am not a Boden wearer either, but I really like the dress you got off ebay. Great shape, and fantastic base to play accessories with.

Grumpy - I am feeling the itch to purchase a leather skirt - did you go for a pencil skirt or one of the pleated/cirle ones out? Love the look of the Loft suit - it is very feminine and pretty, and you could wear the shirt and jacket separately

Drywhite - I think that shopping for clothing is nothing on shopping for house things. My parents have the slatted blind doors - but not funky solar power controlled (not THAT is cool!).

Re Cos models - they do look particularly miserable. Guess it is to go with the Northern Unitilitarian style of the shop. The clothes are great in spite of the photography and the unhappy models.

School run wear - DS1's school ranges in Mum style. It is quite a high profile school (sons of top politicians and CEOs mingle with sons of high profile designers and ordinary people). Not one specific style - very high fashion (well, several of the mums are designers, one VERY famous) down to mum jeans. DOn't really see the famous mums except at school events and class parties. DS2s new school is DS1s old school - happy range of styles, but mostly stylish casual with a smattering of all the big name designer handbags.

santa what a snarky comment! Agree that it is jealousy.

Definitely count me in for Xmas MU. Love the opportunity to dress up.

Am going to exercise for the first time in months this am. Hope I still fit into my lycras! Have a lovely day everyone.

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 07:03:24

Morning. Dd was awake lots last night but at least I got my gap order checked out at 3 o'clock this morning! Not much to link as most of it was dc stuff but I cheekily put the navy cords in to return the others that I only got 20% off and a couple of tees and a polo neck (dh loves them on me!).

santa I can't believe someone would say that to you. How rude. So far I haven't encountered any judgement re clothing. Although the toddler groups tend to be bland the school gates are a bit more of a mixture of work stuff,gym stuff, jeans like myself or the white stuff/cath kidston stuff. There's a group I go to also that's a couple of miles away where the mums dress more stylishly. I get to lust from afar the mulberry bags! There's one mum there who always looks great in a slightly kooky alexa Chung way and is the nearest I have to a crush.

sleep apart from the bathroom photo your hair looks the same to me but although it looks darker in the bathroom it's still really lovely. It's. so thick and lush.

Had better go as need to do breakfast...

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 07:37:46

Santa, I agree they're jealous.
Or use the mn fave... Did you mean to be so rude?

Mom the mn scarf is/was a copy of the huge LV leopard print one from a few seasons ago.
Ebay had copies for about £10.

Think I might go to gap today to see the new things.

Sleep, I like the darker colour.
I vote you go brunette properly, it would look amazing with your eyes.
just ignore your Dh grin
I think you should give it a week or 2, and if you still don't love it, then go back and get a few slices put in round the front.
But keep the caramel because it's nice.