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

STOP IT sad

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?

hmm

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.

date

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 know......love the sound of your work outfit .......red 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

Like

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

close!

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?
Silence
Just me and my latte
Bliss

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: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/340501

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.

www.muubaa.com

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 shoes....no 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:
Shop
Marsha
Dry
One
QueenC
Liberty (fingers crossed)
MrsR
Sleep
Carrie

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

x

Yey! Looks great Shop thanks for organising it!

wonders if I might see Spotty today wink

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

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

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Limited-Edition-Tiger-Print-Top/dp/B00EEIHYTE?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_2&nodeId=342626031&sr=1-2&qid=1378198450&pf_rd_r=12C97QSKS6ZRNFDV0W5Z&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=342626031&pf_rd_p=321381387&pf_rd_s=related-items-3

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

boxy

cable

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:

grey

too blue?

black

Knee Length:

see by chloe

rag and bone

MK

blush

too twee?

another MK

turquoise

red

marni red

purple

purple MK

I love this one

burgundy

Mini:

blue

Not for Queen but too beautiful not to link:

long

I love this

orange

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

www.theoutnet.com/product/382196 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

Hello...

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 combats...aw 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.

www.marksandspencer.com/Collection-Suede-Platform-Wedge-Insolia%C2%AE/dp/B00DSF5VDA?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_13&nodeId=2040225031&sr=1-13&qid=1378212187

Although, I was quite tempted by these.

www.marksandspencer.com/Autograph-Premium-Leather-Platform-Insolia%C2%AE/dp/B002ZZMXYY?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_3&nodeId=2040225031&sr=1-3&qid=1378212317&pf_rd_r=15Z24P0JK9N9WPD2C2MX&pf_rd_m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=2040225031&pf_rd_p=321381387&pf_rd_s=related-items-3

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 today...love love love them......tempted to but the black and red too, great price.

Came home to carnage......family room carpet,floor up...furniture 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
phwoar...

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!
Jeeeez....my 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.

[http://pinterest.com/suecrabtree9465/i-wish-wardrobe/ 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

pinterest

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:

pinterest.com/helixaspersa/boards/

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:
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check2

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

Dress

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

Evening.
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 today....navy 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 plan.....you 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, Barbours...black 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 though....hair 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
X

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.
Ignore!
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.

MarshaBrady Thu 05-Sep-13 07:38:18

Morning everyone. On my way to St Pancras to get a train to a meeting. It is actually quite nice to have a change of scenery.

Usual outfit, Sandro pale mini, white Wang shirt and Gryphon pea (light enough) thankfully addition of Sam Edelman ankle boots to mix it up a bit. I can't travel around in high shoes.

Santa I think I would have had to say, 'yes, well at least they don't sag' with a pointed look at said bitches' chests.

dry way ahead of your time there! I went to my first NCT post natal meet up wearing a 12inch long bright pink Diesel mini skirt. I was only 25 at the time, mind.

Thanks Amber ! I made a very good friend (15yrs ago shock ). She always wore the same navy cardi throughout her pregnancy, not into clothes at all.........we still talk about how we were both at polar opposites of the fashion spectrum at the time now she was scared of me ! shock

Santa can't believe that some people can be so rude, it constantly surprises me and says more about them really. Probably jealous that you're fit and going to the gym.....nasty though.
Marsha cool outfit!!

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 08:16:54

grin love ambers comment!

dry I also have very good friends that are just not into clothes and shopping. I totally don't get it but they don't get how I can happily spend a hundred on a bag. Dh would love me to not be interested. We'd be rich!

novice very exciting about the school. I'm very glad that you can talk about it here but just wondered why not many rl friends know about it? With regards to the blue dress I shall make a final decision at the weekend. I need an honest opinion of how it looks from behind/side as I think my arse looks huge but not sure whether I'm being overly critical of myself or not. If I could take a photo of my bum I would for you all to see. It'll be a shame if it does go back as from the front it's stunning. I'm dragging dd into town which could be a disaster as there's a shop that sells VW. It's the black version of the blue dress that I tried on ages ago. I doubt I'll buy it but intil I've tried it I can't get it out of my head. Will report back later...

Horrible horrible thing to say, what bitches.

Amber smile

More glam than me Marsha. It's a dog walking/cleaning/gardening/cook day so I have an old Firetrap T Shirt on and some boyfriend jeans from Zara that I found at the bottom of the pile yesterday, forgotten. Actually, they are nicely distressed and fit really well so I may promote them again.

Mom - how did the first day go?

Dry - Yes, I have a DD who is 12 and a DS at 13 (life was busy when they were little smile). DS is nerdy and quiet and lovely but not interested at all in fashion or even looking smart. DD is better but has always been a bit off the wall and never wants to fit in with the crowd. So, One D and Taylor Swift are too mainstream, she loves a band called Area 11, who are frankly terrible. Clothing is mainly jods as she has a pony and a scruffy sweatshirt as she rides so frequently. If she does decide to look half decent it's a bit of Jack Wills (still a little big too big size wise) Zara, skinny jeans from Next as they seem to fit her well and ASOS is a big hit recently, their Petite size 6 works well for her.

libertychick Thu 05-Sep-13 11:42:28

I don't do a nursery or school run so not really aware of the school gate style around here. Lots of younger mums around here and the ones I do notice when I am walking to the Tube tend to be the ones who stand out a bit - one lady has bright pink hair and wears tea dresses and looks great, another has short blond hair and wears very grungy clothes, crazy patterned leggings and biker boots - she also looks very good.

Sleep I like the darker hair - it's lovely and warm looking.
Novice great to hear things are working out well at the school.
Santa those women sound awful shock. A competitive SR would freak me out- one of my friends in Ireland has persuaded her husband to leave work early and do it a few times as she was feeling under par and couldn't face it.

Umlauf Thu 05-Sep-13 12:17:35

Hi! It must have been jealousy santa having big boobs is horrific and I'm insanely jealous of ladies with more manageable assets. What a nasty thing to say though, ambers retort was perfect!

My bargainous coat arrived today and its really lovely. I can't fasten it over the bump at the moment and I'm a bit worried about it doing up over my hips, but the shoulders and back fit perfectly (with jumper room) so I'm hoping that its a good sign it might fit by Christmas... The gold sweater is arriving today too.

Unfortunately DH and I went through the finances yesterday and I am now on a spending ban! Which is a good thing really as I don't know what size ill be. Luckily I still have a couple of parcels to look forward to!

Mums here are incredibly glamorous as we live in a very wealthy area of a wealthy city, in direct contrast to the rest of Spain really. There is a lot of Longchamp (we're about 30mins from the French border and a huge Galaries Lafayette) and a lot of Balenciaga (this was his birthplace) and Loewe. Lots of Breton tips and skinny jeans, big scarves, and they're also loving "english" style so everyone has a Barbour and a good tweed jacket and for some reason no one will be seen wearing flats (even at my antenatal class!) The older ladies wear full genuine furs in the winter with big Chanel sunglasses and flaky red lipstick, I love it!!

kalidasa Thu 05-Sep-13 12:18:47

No school run here as DS is only 9 months old. There is one family who drop their son off at the childminder at the same time as us, but it's almost always the Dad, and he's always wearing lycra gear - I think he must cycle to work or something after the school run. Our childminder wears nice clothes though, she always looks good.

I still see my NCT group occasionally, and one lady is v. v. stylish (she does something senior at a big department store). She made my day by admiring a jacket I was wearing once.

Really like that suit grumpy though would not suit my ample bosom I don't think!

For the wedding, I think I'm going to wear this dress which I've had for a few years - it's number 14, but a nicer colour in real life:

www.allaboutyou.com/fashion-and-beauty/15-fabulous-dresses-for-spring-47709

It's a bit tight on the bust but just about wearable for the day I think though I need to try it on again tonight.

The other option is a bright blue Reiss dress, also a few years old. I really like it but I think perhaps it's a tiny bit too short/glamorous for a proper church wedding (bride's father is a retired vicar and taking the service). I can't find an image of it online though.

Either way I've got a pair of pale grey heels that will do I think (am really short of shoes), and a couple of jacket options because I think the weather is going to break.

Probably this one: www.sheerluxe.com/magazine/online-magazine/march-2013/news/lucza-blue-collection.aspx

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 12:19:20

So I went shopping to try on the black alto but didn't like it at all. Just really plain and dull even if I'd had great accessories. But remember the other VW dress I linked that dh didn't like and my nephew said would be rubbish as it has a £700 discount? Well I tried it on and bought it. I think it's the one. Over budget but I can imagine wearing it for years and never getting bored of it. It's a total pain to get in and out of. There I was in my big period pants with the asst having to help me. Dd also chose that moment to do a poo ( in her nappy ) so the changing room was fragrant! Luckily the asst saw the funny side. I texted a picture to dh and he said he likes it. Just wondering if I can somehow upload from my phone onto pin?

Oh some of your school runs sound horrendous shock - none of mine are really like that (or maybe I'm just oblivious), most of the mums are pretty laid back - but then we all live in and around Camden so there's definitely no style template to follow, my DC's think nothing anymore of the punks/tramps/nutcases we wander past regularly grin. When their cousins, who live in the countryside come and visit they regularly stop dead in the street to stare at people grin.

Thanks for the views on the hair, I do think I need to live with it for a bit and see how I feel. I am coming round to it smile.

I have just had a call from DD's school to say she's not well, so I'm going to pick her up - had a proper drama this morning, had to carry her all the way to school over my shoulder, crying (her not me wink) that she was too tired to go hmm. Hope she isn't getting ill, just as I get a little bit of time back to myself! Am in my shorts, possibly for the last time this year, judging by the weather forecast sad.

That dress is stunning Queen. Great choice.

And a fantastic bargain too! More £ to spend on great shoes and bag now! Do you have a beautiful necklace to wear with it?

Mominatrix Thu 05-Sep-13 12:35:00

Anni - thanks for the clarification. I have a MN scarf - who knew?!

Marsha love the sound of your outfit. I'd love to be able to wear those colours, but they just don't suit me. Have a sneaking suspicion I'm probably a winter.

kalidasa - hard for me to judge. I like the style of the dress you linked to, but not sure on the colour. Is yours a different colour? Also, what is your own colouring?

Queen, WOW, what a dress! You definitely made the right choice, and it is a classic which you can get loads of wear from.

I did not drop DS2 off at school this am, but will be picking him up. According to DH, he was unusually shy - poor chap, probably overwhelmed. I made a valiant effort on the treadmill today and am rewarding myself with a big bowel of leftover mash and a slice of chocolate cake. My excuse - need to cargo load for tomorrow wink.

Mominatrix Thu 05-Sep-13 12:36:23

carbo, not cargo! I am a rubbish typist in general, but the darn predictive text drives me nuts.

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 12:38:47

Photo of me on secret pin board

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 13:03:14

The blue one is on the secret pin board too now

carrie74 Thu 05-Sep-13 13:07:11

Hello All

Oh, it's so deathly at work at the moment, hope some more stuff comes in soon. I've changed my hours starting next week though, so I'll go from 9-3 M-Th (able to do school drop offs and pick ups) to 9-3 T, 9-5 W-Th, giving me Mondays and Fridays off. Can't wait! Lots of projects planned...

QueenC that dress looks amazing. Don't think I'm on the secret Pin board, though so can't see it on. Am sure you look fabulous!

Sleep I really like the darker hair, and perfect for autumn smile

School gate clothes: I live quite rurally, so mornings tends to be a mix of dog-walking fleeces, running gear, and quite a lot of practical casual (fleeces, 3/4 baggy trousers etc). The occasional Mulberry (it's local to us), but most Mums definitely put more thought into their kids' wardrobes than their own - speaking to them most seem to think it a great extravagance to think about themselves at all, which I always find a bit of a shame.

After hanging around here, I've definitely upped my game, and by the end of last term was getting compliments most days, with a few people asking me how I choose what to wear, and a friend asking me to help with her style shockshock. It's really lovely, but I'm still learning myself, and am nowhere anywhere near stylish every day. I also find that I often get the most compliments when wearing stuff that I now think is a bit too girly for my style, or too matchy-matchy, so it's left me a little confused grin.

Last day of the nice weather here, so still got my head stuck in the sand about autumn clothes, but think I may pop into town on my new day off on Monday...

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 13:21:38

I'm out shopping, will add * Carrie*, think I missed Santa and Grumpy too.

Mom are you on Pin?

carrie74 Thu 05-Sep-13 13:24:18

Thanks Anni x

What you up to tomorrow Mom? A marathon? grin

kalidasa Thu 05-Sep-13 13:37:41

Lovely dress queen. Looks very versatile as well.

Mom yes the colour looks funny on that link. It's brighter and less mossy in the flesh. It's a colour I wear quite a lot though - I have some tops and trousers in it as I think it suits me. I am dark: dark brown hair (long, usually up) with very dark (nearly black) eyes but very 'English' skin (i.e. pink and I blush easily!). I have one mixed race (English/Indian) grandparent but that only really shows in my eyes and my general build. I wear a lot of black/navy/grey for work but that obviously won't do for a wedding.

I actually haven't worn that dress much as it was bought for me by an ex-boyfriend for my birthday in 2009 shortly before we broke up. I'm pretty short of options though and I think it's probably the best bet.

sleep I think I must live very close to you!

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 13:46:10

QueenC I'm possibly not going to be helpful here........ but hope that being honest is okay? I think the colour of the blue dress 'lifts' you much more than wearing black. It's hard to see the exact shape of the VW dress in the photo as it's a bit blurry but I also prefer the way your shoulders are exposed with the blue dress. I take your point about the creasing across the tummy but at the moment I still prefer the blue to the black. I may be alone in this and you do look great in both - I'm just being very picky!
You still have some time don't you? Are there other options out there in blue? It really suits you..........

foxysocks Thu 05-Sep-13 13:49:33

queenc have just seen and commented on pin. i LOVE it, you look seriously hot.

was happy with my outfit today until i went out and almost fainted from heat exhaustion. wore ripped diesel straight legs, rolled up, with cream slubby wang vest and leopard pointy flats. man it's hot! am now in same vest with denim shorts.

we had another kitchen reno meeting this morning. I am SO excited and almost there with deciding what we want. tomorrow we are range cooker shopping, have narrowed it down to two.

also need to choose flooring asap - what do you all have, and do you like it? i did want flagstones but DH says no, too harsh appaz and he doesn't want to pay for underfloor heating on top of other (escalating) costs <rolls eyes>. so am considering engineered wood now. I want something v dark, though, a walnut type colour with some richness.

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 13:49:33

I've just looked at all the comments on Pin and everyone loves the black (I do too) - I just think you can really carry off a strong colour.......

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 13:51:16

Foxy we have 250+ year old yellow and red brick flooring with lots of dips and holes in it.........v pretty but a major toddler trip hazard grin

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 13:57:42

thanks to you all. I really appreciate all your comments. shop I'm totally with you on the blue dress. The colour and shape at the top is perfect for me but the creasing is a huge problem. If it looks like that after 5 mins imagine after a night of dancing grin. I adore the Westwood but the colour is stopping me get too excited. If it was the same blue it would be beyond perfect. I think it's a keeper though. I will try it on again once I have someone at home to help me (the corset bit is too hard to do up alone).

Thnkyou again for all your patience with the dress hunt x

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 14:00:48

foxy we have oiled oak and I love it, really hard wearing. When dd spilt a bottle of balsamic on the floor I nearly cried but it didn't soak in at all. The only trouble is the grooves and when kids vomit on it!

carrie I think that's what depresses me too is that so many mums seem to spend more effort and money into their dc appearance than their own.

carrie74 Thu 05-Sep-13 14:02:19

Ooh, Foxy exciting, I wondered if something was up with all the kitchen pinning going on!

We've got engineered wood (throughout most of downstairs), and I wouldn't have it in a kitchen, TBH. In places it has got water damaged, so gone a bit bloated, and a couple of the panels have had the top bit lifted off exposing the bottom of the engineered wood (which is like chipboard). It was put in by the developers 10 years ago, and it's the first thing we'd change about the kitchen, but we're waiting for everything else to become unbearable grin.

I'd like flagstones too for my mythical next kitchen, but am slightly put off by all the tales of how awful it is to have - to keep clean, to break things, being cold etc etc etc. I've not yet formulated an alternative yet though...

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 14:33:56

I have hideous lino at the minute Foxy.

On the list for when we do ours are...
Flagstones
Polished concrete
Slate
Big old reclaimed floorboards
And the concrete from last nights grand designs... They grind the surface before polishing it... Looks fab, with the stones showing.

I have had a white tiled kitchen floor, which looked amazing when freshly mopped but was a bugger for things breaking when dropped, including the tiles.

I'll add people to the pin group after school.
I can't do it on my phone.

QueenC and Carrie can't see your pin boards.

Foxy hmm flooring for kitchen. I'm on it now. I have a very bouncy floor. Had ceramic tiles ages ago,despite over boarding the grout cracked and tiles eventually cracked too...it was a mess. Dreamt of limestone but had to put Kardndene " limestone" down which has been great, love the light colour, not too plasticky and it's bloody tough....but it's not a natural product. Now we're knocking through the dining /kitchen I'm wanting to carry the oak flooring from the dining into the kitchen. I think it will look fab but do worry about water and spillages as pointed out by "QueenC"

I have a Falcon range......it's 14 years old and I love it. The thing I wanted were solid doors and a hob that was moulded in one piece....no screws or joins in which dirt could collect. I'm fussy aren't I ? Looked at Lacanche (?) too....fab too.

Hot...had to get changed when I got home today.

Ooh Kali, how exciting - PM me if you want to confirm precise locations grin!

We have oiled solid oak floors in the dining room, living room, stairs and upstairs hall and landing - love it. Porcelain tiled kitchen and family room and all bathrooms and carpeted bedrooms. Really pleased with the tiles in the kitchen although one did get broken when a bottle of champagne exploded out of the caterer's hand as she was opening it at my 40th birthday shock. Poor woman was mortified but by the sound of it there was nothing she could have done. We have had it replaced since, without a problem. We have electric underfloor heating beneath all of the tiled floors.

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 16:53:44

I've invited Carrie, Grumpy and Santa I think.

It confuses me, with people using real names on Pin.
Who else?

Me Anni

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 17:01:33

I bought a navy merino v neck cardigan from Gap, but it's rather boring, so I'm not doing a link and will return it.
I bought Ds2 two pairs of nee naw firemen pj's... think I just wanted to buy something.

Also going to return the Becksondergaard navy heart scarf, it's nice but not me at all.

Queen - just looked at the pics - I have to say I'm with Shop on the blue, fabulous colour and you look so svelte...

Marsha how did your day go?

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 17:02:37

I'm sure I invited you the other day Dry, I'll check now.

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 17:10:17

i have invited you Dry, you need to accept the invitation.

Anni may have missed it....technically challenged at times!

Foxy we have similar tastes in kitchens! Mine is cream painted, cream walls, duck egg roman blinds....an thinking either a duck egg feature wall or a hand painted duck egg blue sideboard . Black granite and appliances.

I may have hot water and a working washing machine tonight....yey grin.... Imagine my teens this morning " what NO HOT WATER?" shock shock shock

have had to cancel my drum lessons for at least the next three months if not longer sad have to have an operation on my bad shoulder next week so don't be surprised if I turn up to the MU rocking a scarf as a sling grin Doctors have finally worked out why my shoulder keeps dislocating, it's something to do with the bone around my shoulder blade having 'grown and deformed' and pushing the arm joint out of the socket where it's meant to sit so I have to have the actual socket all filed down and reshaped so the joint sits in the socket properly which sounds very grim

I recently had some extra bone growth in my hand filed down one - it was actually better pain-wise than I expected, though frustrating that I couldn't move it. Hope it all goes well.

tahnks amber I'm just insanely grateful that they might be able to stop the random dislocations now. Dislocating ANYTHING hurts like all hell and having it happen on a near weekly basis is more than anyone should have to bear. Hopefully after next week it'll happen less even if it doesn't stop it totally.

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 17:34:43

I may be a nurse but the though of filing down bones makes me queasy. You're both braver than me.

amber what's on your nails on day 42?

It's making me feel queasy too QueenC luckily, I will be asleep while they do it and they've promised me barely any obvious scarring as they are going through my armpit which is apparently more painful recovery wise but better aesthetically. I am just about vain enough to take a bit extra pain for less obvious scarring grin

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 17:41:35

Ouch One shock

On your main Pin page Dry, there will be an invitation.
They don't show on my phone though, only on the laptop.

Qc having looked at the pics on the laptop, rather than my phone, I think I'll agree with Shop and Sleep.
The blue looks so vibrant on you, the shape of the top bit is great on you and you look really slim.

The black is very sex kitten-ish however grin

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 17:52:32

QueenC so pleased I haven't offended. I've been worried all afternoon. blush

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 17:58:22

shop you silly billy. Of course you haven't offended me. I love this thread as we are all totally honest with each other. I know how you feel though as I worried that I'd offended santa yesterday.

I might just turn up to my do in a track suit and sod getting a dress grin

foxysocks Thu 05-Sep-13 18:12:43

am in a rush but have skimmed replies - queenc where did you get your oiled oak from? are they local? that sounds like it could be good.

I have also considered karndean. it's ridic hardwearing and does look amazing. plus it's guaranteed for about 25 years. I'm just a bit weird about using natural materials as much as possible but maybe I need to get over it.

I like the falcon range but I am also being VERY fussy and the storage drawer on the model we like annoys me. we are either getting the new aga masterchef or the aga S series (ie aga but not the heat storage kind)

carrie that's what I'm worried about re: engineered wood. although H and MrH have it and they love it, am going to check out their kitchen again on friday and steal some ideas!

Yay, I have just got an email confirming that I have been accepted on the course I applied for grin. Is it weird I'm telling you guys before DH hmm?

Yay, go you sleep smile

foxysocks Thu 05-Sep-13 18:45:23

well done sleep!

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 19:43:15

That's great news Sleep (the one you told us about?). Well done! <glass of fizz pic>

santamarianovella Thu 05-Sep-13 19:47:18

hello!,lots going on.
queen you look stunning in both dresses,but i agree with shop the blue suits you best,its such a lovely color on you,great body too!

one it sounds painful but at least it will sort your shoulder problems,hope it goes ok flowers

amber love your comment grin,
she is a piece of work that one!,and the funny thing is, she is on the board of several fundraisers, and comes from old money,so picking on an insignificant little thing like me is just very odd,

sleep congrats, hope your dd is ok, camden school scene sounds cool!

dry showering with cold water is torture!,good thing the weather is not cold.

mom well done on your workout,

marsha,fab outfit how did it go?

ani and mrsR both look awesome on the secret board,

kali the cut looks great,but its difficult to see the color.

umlauf great coat

shop your flooring sounds amazing,

i hope i didnt forget anyone!

we have limestone flooring in the hallway but the kitchen and the rest is oiled wood flooring or carpeted, last year we got a letter from the city saying that all central heating in our area need to be changed,it was a nightmare,and costed a fortune to remove everything and put it back,had to replace most of the fitted carpet. i dont want to go through this again!

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 19:50:03

No idea what your course is sleep but well done.

Tried both dresses on (again grin). The blue one would or ever annoy me with the creases and i'd be paranoid about my bum at least until 2 glasses of fizz. The westwood feels totally special (even though i did need dd to help get me out of it!) and so I've decided I'm keeping it. I hear you all breathe a sigh of relief that the search is over. Not so fast though ladies, you have to help me style it now!

In return for all your help maybe the evening mu should be at my 40th grin

QueenCadbury Thu 05-Sep-13 19:51:35

Would forever annoy me. Not or ever.

I love that you've chosen the westwood queenC you look a total fox in it and I'm sure it will look even better once you're properly glammed up for the evening in it grin

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 19:56:40

Congrats Sleep.

Forgot to say that I asked about the cashmere in Gap and the lovely sales assistant said that they have it all upstairs, that it's really nice, great colours and styles and that they were keeping it upstairs until the 30% discount has finished sad

santamarianovella Thu 05-Sep-13 20:01:04

queen,although i love the blue on you, its good that you went with a dress you feel great and comfortable in,

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 20:03:12

I tried a dark grey crombie style coat in Gap (not online) which was nice but the fabric was a bit rough and it was double breasted which didn't work on me.
They also have it in camel.

I tried the grey knitted biker which is nice.
Will try the navy in a smaller size another time.

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 20:03:22

Can anyone PM the actual code for the GAP discount as opposed to the email itself? I'm trying to get some work trousers of DH and the website keeps hanging when I try and click through to get my code......... Grrrrr

Anni and QueenC I've been on my Pinterest and checked email but nothing! confused

QueenC haven't seen you in the dress, cobalt is a fab colour but at the end of the day you need to wear something you feel comfortable in. If I don't feel sure about something, it doesn't matter how much people say it's ok, deep down I just don't feel right...think this is often about more than the hairstyle sleep or dress QC but about how we view ourselves from deep inside.
BLOODY hell....I sound like Mig, all wise....not like me, must be the wine grin

Went to pick up my door handles today. Was looking at some door knobs and said to the very nice chap helping me "I do like knobs"...............neither of us said anything, trying to remain composed,just a little smile on both our faces.....I said "no!" grin geez there's no helping me!

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 20:11:09

Scrap that - order has finally gone through. Sorry.

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 20:12:26

Nice one QueenC you have to go with the one that makes you feel SHAMAZING

santamarianovella Thu 05-Sep-13 20:16:15

dry grin grin grin

David Beckham coming on MN!!!!

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 20:37:46

Can someone buy these jeans I love them and their little neon zips!

noviceoftheday Thu 05-Sep-13 20:52:05

Sigh. It's 8.50pm. Dd still awake. Won't sleep and making up ailments if try and leave room. she will be a nightmare at school tomorrow.

One so sorry to hear your news.thanks poor you.

QueenC love the VW on you. Very very foxy!wink I did love the blue one though. Pity about the creases.

Sleep congratulations!!thankswine

noviceoftheday Thu 05-Sep-13 20:53:21

Dry, oooh when? <swoon>

Mominatrix Thu 05-Sep-13 20:57:46

Evening all. My typing is going to be worse than usual as I stupidly craved open a bottle of Vinho Verde, which is much too easy to drink. Hic. Well, it is the last gasp of hot weather, and vinho verde doesn't keep well (that's my story and I'm definitely sticking to it).

Anni: I'm not on Pin, but just started on Instagram. re navy merino v-neck, it is boring, but it can be jazzed up with accessories, and will last forever. OK, I'm not helping, but navy is a staple colour in my wardrobe.

Sleep - well, I'm going to do a marathon but stop a fifth of the way into it grin. In my defence, it was my lunch and the mash was mostly celeriac, and the choco cake was made with yoghurt….Sod it, just felt like it! congratulations on the course - I want to apply to a masters in something else, but will have to wait 2 years when DS2 is more settled in school.

foxy: can't have flagstone without underfloor heating! Would also avoid wood due to all of the water hazards in a kitchen, and also wood is very unforgiving of things like dropped plates/glasses and the occasion stiletto. What about a different tile AND underfloor heating?

DryWhite: love the sound of your kitchen. Mine is currently white, stainless steel. and wenge brown. Very minimalistic, and easily looks cluttered, so I need to be constantly on top of clutter. Yours sounds so much softer and calmer!

OneLittleLady: Ouch, sounds very painful and so sorry you won't be able to continue your drum lessons. What have the doctors said about the prognosis?

Amber - could you link to your blog? I'd love to take a look at it.

I picked up my clothes from my tailor and and very, very pleased with what she did to my leather trousers - they are now very much like the Marant ones, but cost me only a net £15! No, after this trend I won't be able to wear them again, but she breathed new life in them, and the leather is really too superb to lie abandoned on a shelf. She also unpicked and restitched my leather leggings, which look like new again. I love her!

DS2 seemed to enjoy school, but could only talk about what he had for lunch and all the playing he did. Hmmmm. Well, at least he is happy?

noviceoftheday Thu 05-Sep-13 21:02:16

mom, what did the tailor do to your leather trousers? I picked up my leather trousers again a few days ago which were hand made for me 10 years ago in Argentina. Fortunately/unfortunately I was size 10 then, and a 6 now. They look like I have crapped in them. Was a bit gutted as I used to look foxy in them! Now wondering if they can be restitched?

mom prognosis is good, won't cure the underlying condition but should at least put a stop to most, if not all, the random shoulder dislocations.

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 21:08:39

So my Dad just called to tell me that for the last 8 weeks he's been undergoing tests for lung cancer! The good news is he hasn't got it! I don't know whether to laugh or cry! They didn't want to worry me apparently hmm

Mominatrix Thu 05-Sep-13 21:13:55

novice, on one pair, she cropped, narrowed the leg, and added zippers and on the leggings, she unstitched and restitched the knee area. If I were you, I'd take them to a very good tailor to reporportion to your new size. If I was looking at the work you need to get done, I have another tailor (actually very near where the MU is) who is used by many of the Bond Street designers. This company was able to take a suit which I purchased at 5 months first pregnant (didn't think I'd get back to my normal size) and brought it down to my normal size (French 38 down to a 34).

libertychick Thu 05-Sep-13 21:16:47

Bloody hell shop!!! Thank goodness he's ok...it's quite sweet they didn't want to worry you...
one the thought of your op makes me wince but great to have a solution at last
Mom Amber's blog is here

Mominatrix Thu 05-Sep-13 21:16:52

Thank goodness shop that your Dad does not have cancer. Parents are funny it that way. I agree, not sure if one should get annoyed or happy about the good news. Probably both. Wonder what we'll be like with our own children?

Mominatrix Thu 05-Sep-13 21:19:15

Liberty, thanks for the link!

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 21:19:38

Blimey Shop shock
Glad he's ok.

Dry pm!

shopafrolic Thu 05-Sep-13 21:22:19

They didn't want to say as another family member is also quite seriously ill so they didn't want to add to stress levels. Anyway, definitely relieved but they must have been so worried!
Lovely things on the Outnet, I'm liking the new I&I pieces.....
Marsha did you see my PM?

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 21:22:58

I love navy Mom.
I just think the shape is a bit blah on me.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Thu 05-Sep-13 21:41:52

Mom very envy of your good tailor. I have several items I'd love to have altered but don't have anyone I know of locally. I used to have a brilliant lady where I lived before, but that was 20 years and many miles ago. Love the sound of your customised leather pants.

Anni - can't see anything from you on Pin, but I think I may have just found (and followed) you. I am the world's most inept Pinterest user though. Bloody useless.

Oh god shop at least your Dad's ok. I can understand how you might not know how to react though but at least it's good news

Grumpy I'm the same.....ok on my Pinterest but can't seem to get on secret boards (despite some huge and kind efforts by Anni to get me on) I'm ok with that...can't be brilliant at everything grin
Blimey shop what a shock/ relief.....
Mom I love my kitchen, it is v relaxing but I'm constantly having to tidy the tops whole house to keep it calmsmile it's going to be even better by end November....can't wait!

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 21:55:27

Grumpy on your pin screen, there's a box on the top right of the screen, next to it is 2 pin symbols.
If you click on that, the invite should be there.

There's a strange comment on the mnv pin board, blue dress photo, from me... It's not from me, it's from Dry grin

Mom I don't think I'm a million miles from you geographically - Would you mind PMing me your tailors details? Have loads of stuff I'd like alternations to (Freda leather leggings, Wang jacket) but no decent ones round here that I know of!

QueenC it is BarryM's finest 'grey'.

One I had the special pleasure of being awake for my surgery (breastfeeding and GA not a good mix appaz) and heard the filing taking place. Boak is not the word.

Ugh, that doesn't sound nice at all amber I'm glad I'll be asleep. They've decided GA is the way forward because they have to dislocate my shoulder to get inside the socket and I may 'struggle too much' as they are trying to pop it out if I'm awake hmm

libertychick Thu 05-Sep-13 22:00:46

Is it ok to admit to being ever so slightly excited that it's only 16 degrees tomorrow so I can actually wear some autumn clothes? grin decisions, decisions...

16 degrees? YES!!!! the opaques will be coming out, it's time to put my legs away. I feel sure the town will rejoice at not being blinded by my milk white legs grin

libertychick Thu 05-Sep-13 22:04:56

Oh Amber you poor thing...I once sat in on a minor surgery session as part of a learning day (they like to get us NHS manager types onto the front line occasionally) - true to cliche I fainted on the second patient - he was having a cancerous mole burnt off and the smell was horrendous.

libertychick Thu 05-Sep-13 22:06:58

One I have planned a meeting in London on Tuesday specifically so I can get to House of Fraser and stock up on Wolford opaques grin

santamarianovella Thu 05-Sep-13 22:08:14

shop thank goodness your dad is ok ! i cant understand it either,my mom underwent treatment for her thyroid,including radiotherapy,without telling me,she said she didnt want me to get distracted from my finals! it still hurts.

grumpy whats your pin?

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 22:14:13

Hurrah!
I think Dry's cracked it on Pin grin

They gave me a GA for Ds2's section... That'll explain why breastfeeding was a total nightmare afterwards.
Bloody midwives never said a word about it!
Grr...

Grumpy, Anni v kindly and patiently pm'd me through getting on the board. I realized I had to do it on the Mac/laptop.....are you on an IPad like me? The pin symbols aren't visible.
Thanks so much Anni I'm on now so don't need to comment as you anymore although I could have caused havoc
Amber you are tough......blimey, guess you had no choice though.......respect.
One poor you, but the only consolation is that one OP will prevent numerous painful dislocations.

Mig is poorly which is why she's not on...said to say hello.

santamarianovella Thu 05-Sep-13 22:42:00

amber respect indeed!

ani i could barely hold my dd with a spinal block,let alone breastfeed,cant imagine doing it with GA!

dry you cant be brill at everything!

santamarianovella Thu 05-Sep-13 22:43:26

amber ment to say you are a fighter!

mig get well soon.

novice 8th Sept Becks on MN....we can post a question. Shall I invite him to the MU on 12th Oct? grin

Annianni Thu 05-Sep-13 23:00:54

You could have got up to mischief Dry.
I was quite surprised that you hadn't given me a David Beckham appreciation board while you were there grin

Get well soon Mig.

Santa, I had an epidural, a GA and then they gave me a morphine drip the day after I was totally off my face and trying to breastfeed.
I've blocked it out as a bad memory, it was awful.

Have told Becks we'll save him a place at our meet up .

The op was the least worst part of it, to be honest. When they put the big epidural style needle into each nerve to isolate my arm was probably he toughest. I could feel it pop through my muscles. They did give me something to calm me down though, which was quite pleasant. The best news it didn't work so I'm doing it all over again in a few weeks.

Meant to say QueenC, you look fab in that dress, it's gorgeous.

Noooooo amber!!!! But...sedation is brill grin

Decameron Fri 06-Sep-13 07:16:42

Shop, I am glad your dad is ok. My parents did the same to my brother when my mother was terminally ill. He found out as he bumped into someone from home who blurted it out to him when he was travelling in S. America. They were trying to protect him but it was the wrong decision.

QueenC, you look amazing in the Westwood dress.

Interesting about the kitchen chat as we are thinking of buying a fixer upper now.

Santa, how rude of that woman.

Dry, funny about the knobs!

One, best of luck.

Emailed NAP about the Burberry coat asking not being 100% wool, they said this makes it more durable esp. in the rain, do you think that's true?

Decameron Fri 06-Sep-13 07:17:23

asking about it not being 100% wool

Decam your poor brother...that's terrible.

MarshaBrady Fri 06-Sep-13 08:49:20

Decam your poor brother. Must have been very hard, hugs.

Thanks Shop for the pm. I am going to hunt around in store a bit more this week.

QueenC you look great in both, that blue is fabulous on you.

Yesterday was ok, a bit rushed. They should have booked an earlier train. Had a nice afternoon in the sunshine.

I look forward to meeting D Beckham!

MarshaBrady Fri 06-Sep-13 08:52:43

Decam re Burberry no idea really! Maybe. I think if you like how it feels and looks then it's still good. I'm going to Bond St soon will see if they have it this time.

Mig hope you feel better soon.

Sleep how are you feeling about your hair colour now a couple of days later?

Momin famous designer sounds very intriguing!

McNally Fri 06-Sep-13 09:11:01

Blimey shop, that must have been a shock. Thank goodness your Dad is ok.

Congrats on getting onto your course sleep. Is it fitness related?

Good luck with the run mom. A fifth of a marathon sounds plenty! I've been trying to get back into running and have been going out four or so times a week for the last couple of weeks. My resolve may weaken when the weather is bad though!

One, that sounds rubbish, but hopefully worth it if it stops the dislocations. You'll have your drumming to look forward to when you've recovered.

MarshaBrady Fri 06-Sep-13 09:13:09

Ah yes. That's what it was. Congratulations Sleep! Sounds great.

McNally I went for a run last night. Was nice to leave dh to bed routine.

MarshaBrady Fri 06-Sep-13 09:45:06

Shop I'm glad your Dad is ok but can see it must have been a shock.

Carrie great news on compliments.

Ok enough scrolling back, apols!

Gosh, don't parents make some strange decisions trying to protect us that, with hindsight, do quite the opposite?

Shop - I am glad that your Dad is ok. I love those jeans but can't quite figure out the sizes, I must be daft!?? I quite fancy them anyway.

Floors - limed oak downstairs which is very pale and looks fab (we moved 2 years ago and vowed to do everything 'properly', rather than on a budget as we have always had to do). In the kitchen, it's tiled a pale cream with a very slight marble effect which helps with any dirt and marks but the tiles are HUGE, way bigger than standard, like flagstones really. As the room is large, it's effective. Another option perhaps?

We have a minimalist kitchen too (cream gloss, light grey granite, stainless steel) It looks fab when clutter free but is much higher maintenance than our previous kitchen. I don't regret it but it is harder work.

I know loads about running and glad to be of assistance with any questions. Started when the DC were little as it fitted in with DH's long working hours, discovered I was good at it, having been only ever average at sport all my life, joined a club, got very good, got a coach etc got even better, run a few marathons in my time. Sadly, I know about nerve blocks and big needles too as my back packed in after a few years of high mileage smile

Right, off to take some clothes back as I am being ruthless and returning if I don't LOVE it when it's on and also get organised as we are supposed to be camping this weekend for a pony competition, great, 'tis chucking it down as the say 'oop north' smile

noviceoftheday Fri 06-Sep-13 10:34:16

Morning, Shop your poor family. And what a shock. So glad it's good news though!

Last night, we had a curveball with our property (current one). Our neighbours have put in a planning application for an extension that we think we will have to object to.sad Just in the process of getting advice on it this morning. Nightmare because might stuff our plans to put the house on the market immediately.

Amber I hope it works second time round.

Oh no novice had the neighbours not said anything before they put the application in?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 12:39:43

Anni I had checked the '2 pin' icon, but there was nothing there from you. I've tried on the laptop and my PC in the office, so it's not just through my Pinterest app. Told you I was rubbish.

Got a catalogue from Wrap today and found myself practically salivating over this and quite a few other things, including this lovely scarf

mignonette Fri 06-Sep-13 13:32:22

Shop Have PMed you. What a shock that must have been.

Good afternoon everybody. Am impressed at the speed of this thread and have some serious reading to do to catch up.

Anybody having surgery under LA I advise an Ipod if you don't need to respond to instructions (Neurosurgery for example) and a handkerchief with something nice smelling on it to be kept near your head to help minimise the somewhat 'earthy' scents of surgery.

Liberty We do like to torture the managers by pretending they need to witness surgery wink....I used to be the MECT nurse (ect) when working on one psych unit and detested it. Used to be perplexed about the pressure placed upon patients to get up and go to OT when they'd had a GA and were also suffering short term memory loss. Any other surgery and they'd be told to go and rest. Used to get into some very heated 'debates' w/ senior psychiatrists over it.

Today I have been eyeing up lovely woollen throws in Herringbone and subtle checks for my sitting room. I also love this grey waffle sweater. I'm counting the days till woolly tights time. These Merino ones are my go to pair and these chevron ones in brighter colours have been ordered also. I'm always after wool tights so any suggestions of good thick, non wrinkly pairs would be appreciated. I like any colour really apart from creams/pinks.

QueenCadbury Fri 06-Sep-13 14:10:31

shop hope you're ok.

dec surely sheep are durable in the rain confused

mig good to see you back.

It felt decidedly chilly this morning and felt very odd to be wearing full length jeans, socks and converse. Glad it's not hot though as have the hangover from hell after book group last night. Not sure how I ended up drinking so much!

I forgot to mention earlier in the week that grazia are doing 25% off at jaegar.

Decameron Fri 06-Sep-13 14:26:56

Sounds like a good night, QC!

Hope you are feeling better, Mig.

I'm not looking for something waterproof, just want to make sure it won't look shabby within a year as it is not 100% wool. I have the money put aside, thinking it over.

mignonette Fri 06-Sep-13 14:35:35

I never get sick so this has been hubris for me grin but poor DH has lost his voice and has just walked spluttering through the back door after being rained off.

Queen I am going to buy one of the Jaeger 'Jennifer' bags, those totes in bright primary colours. Whether it'll be green, red or blue I know not.

Rain and grey-dom here. Took the dog out for a walk and even he sniffed at the air and wasn't very keen. When a Springer does that, it must be grim. So have put on my old leopard calf hair Clarks Desert boots here with black Helmut Lang cigarette skinnies and an old Boiled Wool/Cashmere envelope neck pale blue sweater (M&S from 2002) with a camel coloured tank underneath. Warm and snug for the BBQ I am supposed to be attending later (Ha).

kalidasa Fri 06-Sep-13 14:52:23

Am on the way to the wedding (in lake district). Was pretty stressed about having to do the journey, leave the baby for the weekend etc so splashed out on first class tickets. Am now in the first class QUIET carriage, just been served coffee at my seat. For four blissful hours! Still dreading the wedding a bit and knackered from wakeful baby last night but sooo peaceful on here . . . (bit queasy though, shame I get travel sick).

Going to go and look at the Jaeger bags now (before getting on with some serious work, obviously).

It's very very wet here. Went out in a black floral wrap dress, plum coloured opaques, flat black ankle boots, short stone coloured mac and a cream with red and black print scarf. Got absolutely drenched as I left my umbrella in my other bag grin

I saw the Jaeger bags today...they are very lovely and there's 25% off until Monday in Grazia (GRZA25AW)
Bought this skirt.... Naughty me!!!!
And a dark olive green Vero Moda jersey dress with exposed zips on 3/4 sleeve (not for you QueenC! I love exp zips) really really nice,cheap too......now need a beige suede shoe boot to go with. Will try to find links.

Grumpy I've been lusting about the sequinned sweated too....love the navy.
Needsa good luck with the camping.....I'm Yorkshire and its been chucking it down all day......or should I say "chooking it down""?

I love the description of the blue Jeager skirt...."for those with a penchant for punk".....not really me is it?shock

mignonette Fri 06-Sep-13 16:13:02

Dry That is one wonderful skirt. I am smitten with that and might have to order it. I do laugh at fashion's appropriation of punk when it was actually anti fashion grin....

mignonette Fri 06-Sep-13 16:14:45

Oops posted too soon. What do ppl think of Alexa Chung on the cover of this months UK Vogue? I mean, up until now what does she actually do? And i would love to see her copy for the magazine before the Editors get their hands on it!

mig what do you think of this one.....versatile or garish?

dry it's actually, 'chuckin' it dahn' wink

QueenCadbury Fri 06-Sep-13 16:35:10

I hate you dry and mig grin. I'd only looked at jaegars clothes and totally forgot about their lovely bags. Now I can't get the Jennifer out of my head. Not sure that I can justify £75 on a bag right now. And I wouldn't be able to decide on blue or green!

QueenCadbury Fri 06-Sep-13 16:36:27
mignonette Fri 06-Sep-13 16:38:25

Dry You are my go to girl for spending too much at Jaeger. Are you secretly an employee of them grin? I also covet that skirt. They are both my taste incarnate. Go for it. I do love an inverted pleat too.

Queen But that bag will last and last and last. heh heh. You looked beautiful BTW in your Westwood. Hope your DH is proud.

mignonette Fri 06-Sep-13 16:41:04

God Queen She's guest editing too? Because of course all the years of slog and honing ones craft to write/edit is totally unnecessary isn't it? Or maybe Chung was just born able to do it?

Makes me burn w/ annoyance. Starting to prefer Harpers now anyway. Justine Picardie has done wonders with the magazine since taking over.

QueenCadbury Fri 06-Sep-13 16:48:54

Dh hasn't seen it irl yet as he's been on a jolly at a conference. Wrt to guest editors, it's just another celebrity sham. She's basically putting her name to something but probably did no work at all except maybe sit in a couple of meetings. It's like all these celebs designing clothes/shoes/perfume/whatever.

My gap order arrived. these tees are a disappointment as they're a really boxy shape so not good on me at all. this jumper is gorgeous colour but took it off the minute I put it own as I was too hot! Will try gain properly this evening.

Chung annoys me, she just doesn't seem to do anything. I don't like her style, I find it very dull and predictable. guest editor? Yeah, because she has some special talent pool that other people who have worked their way up from the bottom just don't have hmm

mignonette Fri 06-Sep-13 17:09:09

I think if you like the knock kneed 'I'm a girl-child-woman' look aspirational, then Chung is your woman wink. I like my role models to look capable and to have something other than a large wardrobe full of stuff they haven't even purchased. <<<carp>>>

I guess I don't really have any specific role models, I just can't abide the latest crop of celebrities that are famous for being famous. I mean, what do they do? what do they offer to people? Nothing as far as I can see. If you're in such an elevated position in society, you should be giving something back

McNally Fri 06-Sep-13 17:14:26

Bought Vogue and Harper's Bazaar earlier to read tonight (DH is out - planning magazines and wine). Didn't realise Alexa Ching was editing it. There's a piece in there where she writes about the shows and models couture. I'm with QueenC on the celeb collaboration thing. Not sure what the point is re editing magazines though. Would anyone buy a magazine because of a guest editor?!

Lovely skirt Dry - fab colour.

I am wearing this skirt with white slubby t shirt, a pendant and black pistols. Enjoying wearing the skirt in particular as it has been too hot until now.

Marsha I think I'm getting used to the hair, still not sure I like it though smile. I am going to give it the weekend before getting a few more highlights put through. Glad your meeting went well.

Shop glad to hear your Dad is ok (weird when you weren't worrying about him not being but you know what I mean grin) .

McNally my course is to become an "Eating Psychology Coach", basically a nutritionist come therapist, so rather than just advising people on their diet I hope to be able to help them understand why they eat/don't eat as they do, stop yo yo dieting/exercise avoidance - essentially to make peace with their body image/stop food 'battles' and see food as something healing and enjoyable. I intend to do a personal training qualification after this but suspect that there are enough PT's around, all giving the same sort of prescriptive advice. I would be compassionate nutritionist first, PT second if people wanted some advice and personal training as well.

Mig - Achica has a promotion on Bronte throws starting on Saturday, I have one or two from there that are lovely. If you are interested PM me your email address and I can invite you to join Achica and you will get £10 credit too (as will I if you buy anything).

DH and I have our first date for about a month tonight. Feel like we should finally have a meal without the kids, something we haven't managed through the holidays, but having also spent 24/7 with each other for 6 weeks there's not a whole lot of chatting to catch up on grin. So we are thinking maybe cinema - has anyone seen 'Ain't them bodies saints'?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 17:23:01

I know I actively don't buy magazines if someone I really don't like is on the cover. And there are quite a few of those (I am grumpy, after all). I feel I'm making a small stand against the pointless celebs if I don't buy. I vaguely remember Alexa Chung interviewing people on one of those pretentious teen-centric Sunday morning programmes (T4?), but that was a while ago and hardly justifies he outrageous amount of exposure she's had since for wearing clothes she's been given/blagged

shopafrolic Fri 06-Sep-13 17:25:13

Waves to all - flying visit. I subscribe to Harpers - love love love the writing and lots of great stuff about the Arts too. Great products in their hot 100 beauty products this edition too.
Byeeeee

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 17:40:26

While I'm here, can I pick your brains about where to stay in Edinburgh? DH and I possibly going to have a couple of days there in 2 weeks time and I'd like to be somewhere close to the city centre and would love to find some warm boutique-y type of place. Any suggestions?

MarshaBrady Fri 06-Sep-13 17:40:50

I've got to get Harper's again if you all love it. It has been ages since I've bought it.

Mig good to see you back, I like reading your style / fashion posts.

I actually didn't mind Alexa Chung until I saw that cover. For some reason I find it really irritating. Might be some suspect photoshopping, she looks strange. AND guest editor I think not! God I could guest edit, any of us could then. Vogue by MarshaBrady yep I'll take that.

Now I'm not buying that Vogue on principle.

Sleep I love, love your new career. I think it is a great thing to do and you will be very good at it. I'm afraid I haven't been to the cinema for years! A combination of lots of long haul flights and too cheap to pay for a babysitter to turn up and us do anything other than have someone bring us food and prosecco. But would definitely go in your position.

Saw TDWP for the umpteenth time the other night and the part she does about cerulean blue is rushing back to me every time I see a pale pink coat....you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff. Still love the Streep Miranda role in that movie.

McNally Fri 06-Sep-13 17:53:04

That course sounds great sleep - hugely interesting and rewarding. I'd not heard of it, though I suppose it is a branch of psychology of which there must be loads. Think I could do with one of those! Can't help with the film unfortunately. Last time I went to the cinema was to see James Bond at the baby screening!

Good for you Grumpy - they do seem to place importance on the effect the cover model has on circulation. Perhaps I should pay more attention to who it is.

McNally Fri 06-Sep-13 17:56:46

Was a couple of years ago now, but really liked The Glasshouse in Edinburgh Grumpy. More recently stayed at the Hotel du Vin but preferred the former.

Annianni Fri 06-Sep-13 17:58:18

Grumpy I've stayed at 23 Mayfield it's lovely, with the best breakfast ever.

It's about a mile from the city center.

McNally the course is all done online but the place that offers it is in California (of course wink). Historically, eating psychology has specifically addressed issues such as bulimia/anorexia/over eating but the truth - IMO - is that most of us, myself included, have less than straightforward, albeit less extreme relationships with their bodies and food. I find it so fascinating, even if I don't end up using it as a career then I think it will be worth doing for my personal interest. I may be around here a little less though grin.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 18:09:46

sleep I may call on your expertise for info that can help me with always hungry and overweight DD. (although my next door neighbour is an international obesity specialist of some renown)

That would be interesting Grumpy - one thing I would really love to do if I felt qualified after doing this is to work not only with one to one clients but also somehow try and get positive messages to groups of teenage girls. I am aware of the uphill struggle to fight against the effects of the media in terms of body image etc sad but would hope to make a little bit of difference if possible. How old is your DD?

noviceoftheday Fri 06-Sep-13 18:20:39

Oooh well done again Sleep. I now remember you talking about this back in May! flowers.

Must tell you all about today's school gate style wink as I love what i am wearing today. So, this Banana Republic coat which was I persuaded to buy by the sales assistant in San Francisco earlier this year, over this top that I think Dry pointed out on MNV ages ago, BR skinny cords and these KG's which I love. Today's bag, a Aspinal Hepburn in nude. Oh and this ring. Just because. grin.

foxysocks Fri 06-Sep-13 19:03:31

the howard is in a really lovely new town townhouse. when we lived in edinburgh visitors often stayed there.

after a full day looking at kitchens and related paraphenalia, with both DC in tow (schools not back until monday for us), I am ready to lie down in a darkened room with only prosecco and a lavender eyebag for company. fucking HELL they can whinge so loudly! tbf I felt like throwing a screaming fit by the end of the day too.

we are at an impasse WRT range cookers. which of these do you prefer? AGA S series 6/4 or AGA masterchef

santamarianovella Fri 06-Sep-13 19:06:23

mig glad your ok,

dec i have no idea,about wool mix,but maybe cause burberry brit is more affordable in comparison to the main line,so they are trying to limit the cost by mixing fabric? im sure im wrong!

sleep thats very exciting! you sound like the perfect person for it, and you are right we all have issues with eating and how we see our bodies,

grumpy we stayed at greywalls hotel,lovely scenery ,rooms a bit dated,but the food is excellent.

novice fab outfit,love the fact you get excited about the SR, grin

dry gorgeous skirt.

marsha love that movie,cant wait for the sequel!

im with you all about pointless celebs doing fashion lines or being featured on covers or editing <are vogue out of their mind?> i hardly buy mags nowdays, but i still pick elle from time to time,

i returned the iro jacket today and kept the marant one.

MarshaBrady Fri 06-Sep-13 19:12:43

Novice love your outfit. I bet the orange BR trench looks fantastic on you.

Foxy I feel I should know a smidgen about Agas to answer that, but as I don't I'll just go with the first link.

Santa me too, is Meryl in it with AH again? I did read the 2nd book, but it is absolutely dire and I don't recommend it. Hope the film is better!

foxysocks Fri 06-Sep-13 19:19:24

fair point marsha maybe I should ask somewhere else too. the first one is more trad looking, which is why I like it. it's also £1100 more £££, the oven size is not as good as the masterchef (for us) and the grill on the masterchef is LOADS better. masterchef also wider, which I like. oh dear, am confusing myself again. they both have ++ and -- I guess. DH wants the masterchef, he is rabbiting on about not getting a big enough turkey in the 6/4 ovens - I don't even eat meat!

santamarianovella Fri 06-Sep-13 19:20:46

foxy the S series, will you go with the black?

marsha i read that AH,would love to star in a sequel to tdwp,not sure about meryl.

Foxy I like both...a lot. Think electric oven,gas hob a good combo. Am a bit mystified about electric/gas Agas...just seems wrong somehow. Like the Porche Cayenne.....Porche 4X4 feels wierd too confused
Novice lovely outfit (didn't you get wet feet? Wore ballet flats today...currently drying out!!).i love the jewelry updates.
sleep that is a brilliant idea. I know a lot of your dieters ....I also worry a lot about my DD and the pressures she will encounter (she's nearly 13) ....already said she thinks her legs are fat (they're not...she has DH long legs and is taller than me already). As someone who is also obsessed with my figure (not a yoyo dieter...) who was bulimic in my teens and every decade rein myself in, I worry about whether DD will copy me. I love cooking, my motto with the kids is "everything in moderation" and we're a very active family, but I still really worry about her.peer pressure is huge.

DH out again tonight on works do......plumber done. I have 250ltrs of hot water,functioning showers and washing machine. The cylinder is now in a cupboard in my utility so the airing cupboard is empty and I'm going to have a lovely linen cupboard on my landing.......am thinking of getting a bottle of wine and a pot of paint out of the garage and painting the inside........... Or maybe I'll just have the wine and stay on MNV!!!!

Foxy I would go for the bigger oven every time!!!

Yep...have had another look....think we have similar tastes , I like a trad look and would not object to the master chef at all.....and the big oven would swing it for me.......cheaper,bigger,better grill,still "Aga y looking"......it's a no brainier

I have an appointment now to see the dietitian. I'm skeptical about what they can do for me as the last time I saw them, they put me on an extreme, 800 calorie a day diet as the 1200 calorie diet and the slim fast diet didn't work for me and I didn't lose a single pound. I stuck to it religiously as well, I didn't cheat or skip anything and it just didn't work sad

noviceoftheday Fri 06-Sep-13 19:53:39

Bigger oven for me too Foxy!

dry, marsha thank you.smile Marsha, you're right, the orange looked fab, I can't believe I had to be talked into it by the assistant! Dry, I think I was very lucky with the downpours, they managed to happen outside of the school runs.

This evening PA has sent me my itenary for Sunday to Friday. Has all my meeting details, travel and hotel arrangements. I am flying Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Then again flying on Thursday. However, I have 4 hours free on Thursday. My itenary says in big letters...SHOPPING ON FIFTH AVENUE! she knows me well.grin

noviceoftheday Fri 06-Sep-13 19:55:25

Sorry One, I meant to say 800 calories just sounds impossible. I try and stick to 1200 to 1500 calories, but literally can't imagine 800 cals. The doctor said this?

MarshaBrady Fri 06-Sep-13 20:07:36

I love that Novice! Even better that it is in capitals grin

I swear Novice that's what the dietitian advised because he said I was obviously lying about sticking to the other diets and he wanted to show me that I didn't 'need to be greedy' to live hmm

I was pretty much living on cup a soup and lettuce and herbal tea because milk was extra calories I couldn't have and I didn't lose a single bloody pound. In the end I stopped going because he kept making me cry

I barely eat, I mean really. I eat once a day and that's only if someone else makes me a meal and puts it in front of me. Even then I only eat small amounts so I don't know how I'm greedy. I know I'm fat but I've never been greedy. He also point blank refused to accept that ANY of my medications could be causing me to gain and/or retain weight. It was all about me being greedy and lying to him hmm

shopafrolic Fri 06-Sep-13 20:12:40

Grumpy if you get time I recommend the Cowshed Spa at the Scotsman Hotel. I went there for my hen do and it was one of the best massages I'd ever had.
Foxy hard for me to comment on the Aga ovens as I have a 3 oven Un- environmentally friendly beast of an oven and love it so. By definitely get a big oven size.......I still lust over the not so bargainous fridge freezer
Dry I love that blue skirt and would be really interested to see the dress as I love the sound of the colour and I love an exposed zip too!
Novice outfit sounds great. If I saw you at the school gate I'd have serious bag and bling envy.
Sorry for random posts last night, just a bit of a shock, but good news - just felt weirded out! Thanks for all being so ace as usual.
All the ops sound scary - I'm super squeamish so can't join the discussion but good luck One
Sleep that course sounds amazing, I imagine you'll be fabulous too, I can imagine it already.
Sorry to everyone I've missed, I'll be back on form soon......

shopafrolic Fri 06-Sep-13 20:23:38

Novice can I PM you?

Would it be wrong to pair a red lacey 3/4 length sleeve dress with plum tights? I want to do it but fear it may be oh so wrong........

noviceoftheday Fri 06-Sep-13 20:47:51

Poor you One, well I hope you get better treatment from the next person shock.

The dress and plum tights. Err no! grin

Shop, I responded back to you!

noviceoftheday Fri 06-Sep-13 20:49:55

Dry meant to say, that unless dh lightens up about the big fat mortgage, there will be no christmas bling update! shock. Hopefully dmil won't let him get away with that kind of treatment grin

This time novice I'm going in armed with a leaflet for every single one of my medications and I'm going to highlight the bit on each of them where it says 'can cause weight gain' under the commonly reported side effects list. I'm hoping that since it's someone new I'm seeing this time, that they may be a little more understanding.

Guess I'll have to stick to black opaques grin

One now I know I'm embracing colour blocking and bright combos,but plum and red is a step too far!!!grin I lost 18lb 18 months ago on Dukan,essentially no sugar or carbs at all. Incredibly effective......I found it easy because I can't be bothered counting calories, just prefer to not eat certain things,much easier.
Shop I've searched for links of the dress but can't find it at all. I'll keep searching or take a picture. I think it is one of your colours....the zips are on the cuffs...cool. And it was £30!!!!! If I can find a nice pair brown shoe/ankle boots think it will look good with my stone biker jacket.

Cupboard first coat done....glass of Pouilly fume in one hand,roller in he other....my kind of decorating! grin

one why don't you keep a food diary for a week...might help .

I may try that, I've a little time before my appointment dry so it could be worth going in armed with as much info as I can give them.

Shop this is the dress I have it in khaki, Zalando stock it, it's a dark khaki though. Comes up small. I took a med. it would look great with your spirals. I need to think about my footwear.

shopafrolic Fri 06-Sep-13 21:37:40

That's lovely Dry

santamarianovella Fri 06-Sep-13 21:39:06

one no one can live on 800 calories a day! its too extreme,can you get another opinion?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 21:42:05

Anni I owe you a huge bunch of flowers! That is exactly what I had in mind. Now I just hope something doesn't crop up and spoil my plans.

Sleep DD is almost 10. She loves food, eats almost no crap and I am a decent cook so we eat well and nutritionally, but she will pinch food (slices of ham, chunks of cheese, slices of bread) and is pretty fat around the middle especially. We don't have things like biscuits/crisps etc in the house because she's a runaway food train. She swims once a week and does 3 hours of Stagecoach at weekends, but has quit almost everything else we've tried as she's essentially lazy, which I suspect is the main problem. I don't want her to have negative body image but equally I don't want her to go to secondary school in 2 years and get bullied for being heavy. We live in a pretty affluent place and it seems all the girls at the secondary school are of the flippy hair, short skirted and ultra-skinny brigade. I don't want her to be like that and I don't want her to be the chunky kid they make fun of either. I just want her fit and healthy.

Love that dress dry alas, I am not the right shape for it but I shall admire from afar

Grumpy it's so hard, I really sympathise. If you say something you might give her a complex, if you don't someone else might. We eat like you but dd does a lot of sport. It's o easy for kids/teens these days to be so sedentary...my two are plugged into things for hours a day.....but it's counterbalanced by sport. DS wants to bulk up for his rugby shock don't think I can feed him any more!!!

santamarianovella Fri 06-Sep-13 22:04:45

grumpy its very tricky,my mum was very critical about what i ate as a teenager,but she did it out of concern,it certainly had an impact on my eating habits ,but in a good way,dry makes a very important point,just one tiny remark can backfire,it seems that now days there are two extremes,and you dont want her to be apart of either,

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 22:05:56

I know! We are a very active family, but everything we do she has to be dragged into. I kick her outside whenever possible, but we are extremely rural and she gets bored with no company, so just mooches about. I wish I had more time to do stuff with her, but tbh she moans about everything we do anyway.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 22:07:08

Sorry santa, x-post.

Grumpy don't beat yourself up...if mine are anything to go by, they really don't want to do much stuff with me.....god forbid we suggest a walk!!! Just want to face time friends, go on You tube, do stuff with friends........

And....Grumpy kids do change shape .DS was a stocky little boy, then puberty hit and up he went...now he looks thin will never be lanky . DDs shape had changed too.

santamarianovella Fri 06-Sep-13 22:18:03

its a good thing that even when she overindulges,its still healthy food and not the over processed crap.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 22:21:47

You're right Dry. I figure if I keep doing what I'm doing, she'll level out eventually. At least I'm not in denial - we are addressing the issue.

Anyway, enough of this! We're here for fashion. What do you think of this snuggly little piece? Am I just being lured by the autumnal weather today?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 22:22:29

Thanks santa smile

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 22:26:36

I like the poncho one grumpy but I'd worry that the roll neck combined with the wide shape would make me look block like. I shall live my roll neck life through you fine ladies grin

libertychick Fri 06-Sep-13 22:36:32

It's very difficult Grumpy. I have a 15 year old sister who has put on a lot of weight recently. A woman I work with (a public health specialist) says the key is finding out what really makes the young person tick ie what do they love or have a real passion for and find ways to develop that - her theory is that finding what you are passionate about and good at develops personal worth and confidence and this inevitably means that people are more motivated in every area including self care such as eating well and exercise. My sister is a fantastic singer so I have paid for extra lessons and already it's helping as the voice coach has told her that fizzy drinks and chocolate are bad for her voice so she has cut them out. He has also told her that getting physically fit will help her lungs and therefore her voice and lo and behold she has been to the gym 4 times a week for the last two weeks - it might not last but it seems to support my colleagues theory so far.

libertychick Fri 06-Sep-13 22:39:13

Lovely Hush stuff Grumpy makes me almost wish for cold weather!!!

Decam I am way behind with links - which Burberry coat are you considering?

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 22:43:46

Thanks Liberty - all good advice!

Does anyone know where I can buy Velvet Rope Lipstick apart from Space NK? Whenever I try to order the shade I want it keeps defaulting to a different one.

Hmph, I have just discovered that my sister has pinched my candy apple lipbutter! She doesn't even like reds, or so she says! It's like being 16 and finding out she's swiped my eyeliner all over again!

Good point Liberty . This worked with DS....everything is good for his rugby.....now he wants to bulk up thoughshock

I love both Grumpy

Gosh I'm chuffed , I saw these boots online and fell in love but sadly sold out in my size sad have just found and ordered them grin my motto "seek and you shall find" has been proven again! Yey!
Have had a bad month really haven't I?
I've bought;
this jumper
this jumper
these shoes
this skirt
this dress
these boots

Have bought and returned;
these shoes
Cos merino skirt
this dress

My very good friend gave me a serious talking to and said I should return blue skirt and get it in the sale. Sensible advice, I'm not very good at waiting though sad

Am I very bad? This thread makes me feel normal though grin

And why is it that,just when you think your wardrobe is complete, there's something else you need? And then something else to go with it? Etc etc?

I am always in need of new wardrobe items dry because my sister takes off with half my clothes! She'd rather spend her money elsewhere so when she wants a wardrobe update or something 'new' to wear for a night out, she finds a reason to call in and take a look in my wardrobe. I'm purposely buying her clothes for christmas so that I might get some respite from the constant theft of all my favourite items grin

libertychick Fri 06-Sep-13 23:00:23

I thought your shopping this month was excellent Dry!! Love all the colours. I do wonder though why my wardrobe is never complete either. I am trying not to buy ATM as I do need a coat so trying to keep as much cash as possible and I'd like a lovely scarf (although I have loads of wool so I really should knit one).

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 23:04:38

Ah, the perpetual quest, Dry. I know it well...

Love the animal pumps and the Vero Moda dress. If Marilyn Monroe wore flats I could totally see her in that combo.

The R&B shoes are beautiful - why did they go back?

noviceoftheday Fri 06-Sep-13 23:07:20

Oooh Dry, I love that skirt the most. Pity I have semi given up on skirts because that's very lush!

One, good idea on the food diary too. Oh and buy yourself a padlock to keep your sis out of your stuff! grin

Right, tomorrow, I have to check out Ann Taylor, J Crew and Banana Republic to see what's on there before I get to the US. Dh was doing his nut about the credit card bill again this month so can't really turn up on Friday morning with an armful of clothes!

Grumpy I was sad about those, had high hopes....but they just didn't it my feet well , something funny going on on the sides. When I'm in London I might try a couple of sizes again because I do love them and they're perfect for work....perhaps because I have wide feet and they are a v narrow shoe?
And thanks for that idea.....I'll try the dress and animal pumps combo ( black opaques?)

Decameron Fri 06-Sep-13 23:09:49

No Dry, keep the skirt, it's fab! Can you drink wine occasionally on the Dukan diet? I want to lose 5lb and thinking of doing it.

One, that dietician sounds appalling.

The same coat as you, I think, Liberty, this one. Also considering this Carven one as I can get 20% off so could get the chestnut pistols I like too. Decisions, decisions!

Novice when I'm feeling brave ill wear the red skirt and the pink jumper to work

Is the Dukan diet.....bad for you? is it a short term diet or can it be sustained long term? I'm not hopeful about the dietitian you see after my experience last time so want to research other avenues as I know it's not healthy for me to be the weight I am.

A padlock might be an idea novice I'm a bit fed up of wearing the same four or five dresses because my sisters got everything else! Of course, being the younger and apparently told by other people, prettier sister, everything looks better on her hmm

libertychick Fri 06-Sep-13 23:14:29

I absolutely love this scarf but at £470 it's never going to happen! Has anyone seen anything similiar for about one fifth of the price? smile

Decameron at first you're not supposed to drink booze...I gave up for 2 months shock. It's not for everyone. I love meat,fish, eggs and green stuff so I was fine. You also give up fruit for the beginning which I found tough. But basically you have a list of what you can and can't eat. It's idiot proof. But then after you have to watch your carbs. I loved it. A lot of people find the 5:2 easier. Really depends what you like eating.
If you decide to do it pm any time for tips.

New Look had something in that pattern and almost that colour when I was in there this afternoon liberty I think the print was a bit bigger though so it's definitely the kind of thing that's filtering downwards

One It's not bad for you I don't think, but, like any diet, if you want to maintain the weight loss you have to make some permanent lifestyle changes.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 23:17:05

Slightly, and surprisingly, impressed by these

Decameron Fri 06-Sep-13 23:17:57

Thanks, I can't do 5:2, I'm a fainter! Felt very shaky after four hours on it! Not big into carbs, I think I will give it a go.

I think a good change for me dry would be for me to actually eat! I'm terrible for just not bothering at all, I go for days without eating when left to my own devices but I have possibly got some therapy in the pipeline to deal with my attitude towards food so that could be a huge turning point smile

libertychick Fri 06-Sep-13 23:18:54

Great minds Decam smile I was looking at the Carven one last night and thinking 'maybe' - is the 20% off a loyalty thing with my-wardrobe or a general offer? 20% off would make it very tempting....but then is the Burberry more of a classic?

I'm thinking about a trip to Biscester to see what they have in the Burberry shop there....

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Fri 06-Sep-13 23:20:52

Liberty, give it a few weeks and you'll be able to buy en exact copy from China for £11 like my LV scarf (which is 70% wool, 30% silk shock) Bloody identical and found via google.

noviceoftheday Fri 06-Sep-13 23:20:58

Oh I love that Burberry coat. envy. I can't even think of a reason to justify it. Not a single one. But, oh I do love it. Sigh.

libertychick Fri 06-Sep-13 23:23:36

one you should definitely start eating! If you are constantly not eating enough your metabolism just completely slows down to cope and it's gets harder and harder to lose weight.

Grumpy those shoes are very nice IRL - have looked at them a few times but too high for me.

liberty just saw your shoe purchases on Pinterest...those pointy black patent Boden look interesting. How do they fit and how high s the heel?

One perhaps that's the problem ....if you don't eat for a day you'll either snack because you're starving, or your body will freak out and go into shut down and hold on to what it's got iykwim. One of the things that I loved about Dukan is, because you eat a lot of protein, you don't feel hungry, which I hate.
I always eat a good breakfast......protein based (eggs,lean bacon...) and I don't feel hungry....

libertychick Fri 06-Sep-13 23:30:25

Good tip on the scarf Grumpy.

novice it would be hilarious if 3 of us bought the coat!!

libertychick Fri 06-Sep-13 23:32:44

Dry I meant to delete those - I returned them. Probably the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever put on my feet - absolutely gorgeous, perfect low heel but I was weeping if I moved an inch in them. V v hard leather.

Could it be the MNV coat?
Think Longchamps Le Pilage could be the MNV bag.
M and S snakeskin slipper flats the MNV shoe.

Off to get my zzzzz . See you tomorrow.

Annianni Fri 06-Sep-13 23:49:18

I love that Carven coat Decam, I pinned it a while ago and keep looking at it.

The chef was Michelin starred when we stayed Grumpy, Dh had the same meal every day for the 3 days we were there grin
We'll definitely stay there again.

Annianni Fri 06-Sep-13 23:50:58

Didn't someone want the Burberry coat with the pleated back?

Decameron Fri 06-Sep-13 23:52:09

I am leaning towards it, Anni!

Have sent you a PM, Liberty.

Fedupnagging Sat 07-Sep-13 06:31:59

It's ages since I posted but sort of managed to keep up with all your posts. There have been some fab links too numerous to mention but I did like Queens colour blocking pin which I will follow as soon as I find it again!

Not purchased much recently but getting my head around the new A/W clothes. I did buy some gorgeous flats in Portugal similar to these these

Am looking at boots atm which need to be super comfy for traipsing around NY in Oct. the list is narrowed down to my favourite, these and most comfortable. I think I'd like brown or tan boots for a change but would be wearing them with mostly black, navy, grey. I struggle with black and brown together but probably need to get over it grin

Grumpy my dsis has the same worry with her dd 14yrs. All her friends v skinny. She is not fat but has a decent figure and does get teased sometimes (kids can be so cruel) so she then goes and comfort eats. Very little junk food is in the house but of course at 14 she can go out and buy crisps etc. I suspect my niece will grow into her figure iyswim. Try not to worry (difficult, I know) it sounds like you are doing the right things.

Think it's the MU today so have fun!

Mominatrix Sat 07-Sep-13 06:51:35

Morning everyone!

"Marsha*: I'll tell you at MU or PM who FD is - don't want to out where her child is at school.

McNally: Managed another 6 miles yesterday. I took the summer off, and was anticipating it would be tough getting back to where I was. I'm just doing steady runs, no Fartlek yet but I know that is the only thing which will get me back to where I was. I tend to run indoors all winter long. Tedious, but better on my ankles and skin.

"One" : Ouch! I'd want to be asleep for that too. Hope the operation is successful, and you have a quick recovery.

needastrongone: love the sound of the limed oak and your kitchen. I am trying to avoid what you had to go through by keeping my milage less than 30 a week, and by cross training and doing quite a bit indoors. Hope the camping goes well - DS was camping last night on the school grounds for a bushcraft experience. Poor lad had to have it on the only school day which was cold and rainy.

novice: what a pain! Definitely submit an objection - it would buy you time to tell your house.

Amber - your surgery sounds horrific, and to have to go through it a second time! I'll PM you my tailor's details, as well as the one I have in town.

mig: hope you are feeling better. For thick tights, I like Falke or Wolford. Love those desert boots, and surprised that they are Clarks! How was the rainy bbq? Re Alexa Chung - she is famous for being "cool". I don't get her either, but she is beloved by the fashion industry. She and Diane Kruger are loved for wearing clothes like the mythical Parisienne, but not French. Sometimes I like how she wears clothes, sometimes I just don't get it.

sleep: how was date night? What did you end up seeing? Loads of movies I want to see, particularly the new Bill Nighy movie. I keep a list to reminind myself and catch everything on iTunes. Agree that going to see a movie is not what I think about for a date night with DH - if I am going to pay for a babysitter + travel, I want it to be for something special.

novice: so jealous of your NYC shop. The flying, not so much - I am a terrible flyer, and get a feeling of claustrophobia at flights longer than 8 hours. This is what made me move here as I was living and working in San Francisco and DH was in London. I just could not put up with the 11 hour flights anymore.

one - hmmm, 800- calorie diet to lose weight sounds undoable to me as what does this entail for maintenance? I would question any physician who would recommend this, and am surprised if anyone with a medical degree would do so. Do you weight train at all? Ah, I see it is not a doctor but a dietician. I would get a new dietician as professional who accuses a client of lying to them is very hmm in my book.

drywhite: great purchases. What was wrong with the Russel and Bromley flats? I do like the look of them. LOL about wardrobe missing items - I'm like this. DH, who has the boring wardrobe, wonders aloud when I'm going to stop buying clothes. I tell him honestly - never, there is always something new to buy.

decam love the Carven coat. I took a quick peek and had to close the link quickly. I am banned from buying any new coats this season.

Is anyone on Instagram? I'm loving it right now, but am just starting out on it.

Am picking up a soggy DS in a couple hours. Hope he wasn't too wet yesterday, and actually got some sleep despite being in a large tent with a bunch of his mates. Have a nice Saturday everyone.

McNally Sat 07-Sep-13 08:19:59

Well done on the running mom. I am just about to head out. Was inspiring to hear about your running needsastrongone but what a shame about the injuries. I'm not looking to be particularly good at it but, like you, it fits into my life where, because of DH working long hours, most stuff doesn't. Just want it to get easier at some point!

Love that scarf too liberty. Saw it in ST Style mag a few weeks back and was very sad to see the price. Keeping an eye out for a cheaper version. Hadn't though of ebay.

MarshaBrady Sat 07-Sep-13 08:42:34

Momin I was plumping for a mu reveal wink so I'm happy with that grin

Decam good to drop the wine on the dukan due to the carbs. Love that Carven coat.

I did dukan then switched to low carb and eat a load of veg and salad everyday. I like it as I'm not interested in calorie counting nor not eating and I feel good which is the main benefit for me. Plus exercise, am running now, and it's effective.

MarshaBrady Sat 07-Sep-13 08:46:15

Hi Fedup how exciting re New York. Those flats look good, I like the first boots best. I think the mu is Oct.

shopafrolic Sat 07-Sep-13 09:04:34

MU is Oct 12th

Fedupnagging Sat 07-Sep-13 09:15:01

blush oops, not been reading your posts properly!

Am about to go shopping with ds2 which will be painful. He is off to 6th form college on Monday where there is no uniform policy so wants my cash help getting new clothes. He's great company but rubbish shopping. Still, I may be able to sneak off for a little look see myself!

QueenCadbury Sat 07-Sep-13 09:25:58

Morning. So much to catch up on and as usual I can't remember everything that I've just read grin.

one I would certainly make a complaint about the dietician. It doesn't have to be an arsey complaint but just something to his manager about how he's made you feel. Making you feel bad is totally unacceptable and it might be that he's totally lacking in self awareness of how he makes people feel. Wrt 800 calories I would have thought that outs your body into starvation mode ie your body is not getting enough and therefore holds onto any fat you do have to protect itself iyswim. I'm not expert but I don't think 800 is enough for a grown woman at all.

grumpy and everyone else with older dd, it is such a worry isn't it. Mine is nearly 8 but has just started juniors so I wonder if she'll start to be exposed to more image awareness stuff. My niece who's 13 is overweight but luckily my sil finally seems to have become aware and is doing something about it. I grew up in an everything in moderation household so crisps/cholcate etc were never banned but we did lots of physical stuff-walking etc. I'm trying to do the same with my dc.

dry I'm the same with the never ending wardrobe. I know that I have enough clothes really but there's always something else that I really need.

Good morning everyone! I have just caught up with all your chat last night smile. DH and I went to see Ain't Them Bodies Saints and it is beautifully shot (lots of vast Texas skies), great acting and would recommend it but be aware that it is slow - and sad.

Grumpy I'm not qualified to advise about DD yet but it must be a worry, I think children's diets and how we teach them is a minefield, too strict and you risk them rebelling, too laid back and they don't self-restrict confused. Added to which, the slightest comment can be taken to heart. Liberty's advice was great though. Are there no sports she seems to have an interest in? Could you take up something together grin?

Dry regarding your DS bulking up - try and impress upon him that the huge muscles professionals sport are very rarely achieved solel through natural means. I know quite a lot about weight training and the biggest myth is that it makes you bulk up quickly. For women it is almost impossible to get bulky - I live in the free wrights section of the gym and lift the same weights as some of the (smaller) guys there, hopefully those who have seen me would agree I'm not exactly Arnie smile. But it is actually really hard for guys as well too, it takes huge amounts of heavy training, coupled with serious amounts of protein being consumed and even then you can only get as big as you are genetically programmed to, after that you get into stuff like creatine and after that, steroids-definitely not recommended. I would just make sure DS is getting plenty of protein and focusing in strength and fitness, rather than size smile.

One 800 calories shock. new dietician needed, I agree!

MrsRadicchio Sat 07-Sep-13 10:10:10

Sorry to just rush in and out, but One - you mentioned using Revlon's candy apple. I have one that I have barely used that you can have (not my colour). PM me if you are interested.

Thought I would leave you with a question:

Which item from your wardrobe are you most looking forward to wearing this A/W?

Need to ponder my reply. Happy weekends all.

Thanks for all your support ladies, I'm seeing a totally new dietitian this time so fingers crossed, she will be more sympathetic and have a better idea of how to work with me than the last guy.

I think I'm most looking forward to wearing my opaque tights again as sad as that sounds. I don't have fabulous legs so much prefer A/W when I can cover them up and not risk blinding people with just how white they really are!

santamarianovella Sat 07-Sep-13 13:36:16

Hello lovelies !
dry, great shopping,the RB flats are very nice,why did you send it back?

mcnally I'm not that good at running,Either i try to do intervals which I find more enjoyable,doable
mom well done on your running,hope your ds had a blast at camping,the rain makes it more enjoyable ! I'm not on Instagram, not big on social media,but do look at it from time to time.

liberty going to Bicester is a good idea,my mom bought lovely knitwear from loro piana,when she was here,at a bargainous price,well for loro piana that is!

dec naughty! That carven coat is seriously gorgeous !

mrsR i bought one Aw item so far and im really looking forward to wearing it, this jacket and from previous winter this scarf, ohh and my fav biker jacket .

Santa and someone else who asked about the R and B pumps....although I loved them and thought I'd get a lot of work wear out of them they just didn't sit right on my foot......may have another try on in London, but for that price they need to be perfect.

MrsR good question. I just look forward to the latest thing I've bought really .....the Hobbs red skirt will cause a stir at work I'm sure. I love A/W stuff.....boots,coats, opaque tights, cosy knits and scarves ......just look forward to the whole lot.

santamarianovella Sat 07-Sep-13 14:05:58

Forgot to mention that I received this gorgeous celine phantom bag, this morning.,lovely gft from dh!it's exactly like the one I saw in South of France! I actually hugged the bag before giving DH a hug and a kiss! Soo happy with it, I've been on a bag high all day!

Sorry about the rubbish pic,blush, it's all blurry,will try to pin a more decent one !

Outfit for legs Marsha leather mini,striped top

Another jumper for Shop too short?

mignonette Sat 07-Sep-13 14:40:39

One Your Dietician is an ignorant asshole if he believes your medication has zero influence upon your metabolism. Ask for a referral to somebody else whenever you encounter this in the future. And tell them to read up on their pharmacology.

TBH I tend to get a lot of clients referred to the MH physio's (even though cuts have led to many losing their jobs in MH) because the best way to counter the effects of drugs like Olanzapine, Quetiapine, Lithium etc is to increase muscle mass which raises your metabolic rate. Muscles burn more fuel than other tissues. I get my clients playing badminton, brisk walking even riding. Some swim too.

Mom Thanks for the tights tips. i am going to go on a tights binge later on. Wished I had worn some (or trousers) this morning when i took dog out for a run. I got dragged through gorse, nettles and brambles because there's nothing more a Springer likes than fresh rabbit-smell of a morning. My legs are THE most horrendous mass of scratches. i didn't expect the Gorse to be so overgrown. Guess forestry management has been hit by budget cuts too sad. Yes, Mom Clarks do these super current versions of their desert boots if you keep an eye out. I adore my calf hair ones.

Am adoring Jaeger this season. They have so got it right. Also like the editorial in Vogue this month (^not^Alexa!) where they have styled a sequinned evening slip dress w/ a plaid lumberjack shirt and Converse on page 109. Takes me back to the Giselle Bundchen editorial when she wore a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt w/ droopy long dress, ratty hair and Converse. Such a change for her to not be tanned tits n' ass.

Yes Marsha The cobalt sweater Meryl/Devil Wears Prada ad lib speech is uber-true and iconic. I always recall it too when it seems like the fashion press is pushing something a little too much. There's a lovely little piece about Isabella Blow and the impending tribute exhibition of her clothing on P245 in Vogue. The shoot for the photo's was styled by Amanda Harlech in the grounds of Doddington Hall and she describes hearing the birds "chattering on the water; those trills and quacks and honks- that's just like Isabella's voice." I found that very touching.

I am very taken w/ this as it reminds me of these hats and jackets i used to buy on Portobello which were made from college scarfs. This is good too. Next have a sweet little A line check skirt here for only £22 which I might well order. The photo doesn't show it very well but Next have a five page promotional ad in Vogue with a better photograph.

Trying to find a photo of the gorgeous Prada dress on page 110 of vogue-the embellished tweed inset one at about 3 grand!

MarshaBrady Sat 07-Sep-13 14:52:04

Love that look Dry lol at the cross out! grin

Great sweater Mig.

MrsR I love your pins in the blue / purple area. So rich and scrumptious.

QueenCadbury Sat 07-Sep-13 16:25:23

Oh my, I love your winter board too mrsr.

santa how could you forget to mention such a truly scrumptious bag grin. Well done mr santa.

Have spent the day decluttering the dc rooms as granny here to do childcare. Have thrown away all sorts of plastic crap. Very therapeutic!

Out tonight for a 40th party. Haven't even thought about what to wear yet!

MarshaBrady Sat 07-Sep-13 16:26:50

Santa and how did I miss that link! It's stunning. Lovely Celine.

QueenCadbury Sat 07-Sep-13 17:02:51

mrsr I'm most looking forward to *liberty*s top, my new gap cords and of course my westwood dress!

Fedupnagging Sat 07-Sep-13 17:35:41

I am looking forward to wearing these in navy with these and love that Mint Velvet jumper Dry posted which will definitely go with them.

Santa that is a gorgeous bag. Your dh must have earnt many many brownie points today!

QueenCadbury Sat 07-Sep-13 18:02:37

Anyone around...? I'm being really indecisive. What to wear with black 7/8 for a house party...
navy
black
white

Decameron Sat 07-Sep-13 18:09:26

The Jaegar top, QueenC, it's very pretty and summery.

Santa, wowza, beautiful bag!

I like that Tommy Hilfiger pea coat a lot, Mig.

I have a red LK Bennett tote bag I haven't used yet, so looking forward to getting that out.

QueenCadbury Sat 07-Sep-13 18:28:50

dec you're right. I should be making the most of the end of summer so I shall wear the white.