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Anyone fancy helping me with my shopping list?

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ceeveebee Wed 29-Jan-14 10:03:28

I am starting a new job in two weeks and have a week off in between during which I plan to do lots of shopping! It's a relatively senior corporate role so need to look smart, but need to walk 25 mins to do nursery drop off on the way

I have a wish list of things I think I need and would appreciate any recommendations:

1) flat black knee high boots to wear to and from (and perhaps in) the office
2) flat black shoes - loafers maybe - for warmer days
3) smart black coat with hood for when it inevitably rains on the way to work
4) nice bag either black or tan, large enough for fitting a laptop in ideally
5) some basic black/navy/camel long sleeve tops to wear under sleeveless dresses if its cold
6) I have lots of dresses for work but always on the lookout for more so if anyone has seen any bargains

I tend to wear simple styles in plain fabrics - dont like patterns except stripes and tend to wear black, navy or camel most of the time

Budget - Willing to spend £100-£150 each on boots, shoes, coat, bag. Maybe £50-£100 for dresses. £500-£600 ish in total. Have some birthday money and a nice bonus to spend!

Live in London so any shop is a possibility


ceeveebee Wed 29-Jan-14 12:34:27

leetle bump for lunchtime

ceeveebee Wed 29-Jan-14 21:47:37

Nobody? Oh well, guess I'd better get googling myself then!

Jcee Wed 29-Jan-14 22:00:11

I can help with shoes - clarks hamble oak brogues are fab. Very comfy & lots of colours. I have them in the wine patent and always get compliments when I wear them! They are 55 so well within budget!

twoboots Wed 29-Jan-14 22:01:33

gorgeous comfy red-black brogues
uniqlo long sleeved heattech tops they provide insulation without sweating

Jcee Wed 29-Jan-14 22:04:51

Oh and Mint velvet have lots of long sleeved layering tops in neutral colours

Nyancat Wed 29-Jan-14 22:17:53

what about Michael kors jersey tote. it's big enough for laptop and the saffiano leather should hold shape better because it's much stiffer if traipsing in the rain. Mine is holding up well so far, I have regular walk between office and court with files and it's always raining. I gave up.trying to find a smart coat with a hood so went for a felt cloche hat, looks smart with coat and stops hair going mad, I got a nice one in m&s.

ceeveebee Wed 29-Jan-14 22:18:16

Thanks all!
Ooh I like the red-black brogues twoshoes - thanks! Will look at the other things now

Nyancat Wed 29-Jan-14 22:18:34

jetset not jersey, that would be weird

libertychick Wed 29-Jan-14 22:20:36

Bargain Cos dress

twoboots Wed 29-Jan-14 22:23:52

the smart black hooded coat is one my holy grails. i've never really found a smart one. this is vaguely interesting

ceeveebee Wed 29-Jan-14 22:28:17

Thanks nyancat - I was struggling to find a jersey tote! Like the look of the jet set one - would like to see in real life so will pop into selfridges I think

Thanks liberty - some lovely things there. I don't think i'm cool enough for a duffel coat, was thinking a belted mac type-thing. There must be a gap in th market for a smart hooded mac - wonder why no-one seems to do them?

ceeveebee Wed 29-Jan-14 22:45:12

Are Barbour coats nice? I can't decide if they look smart or not. Is this too casual to wear to the office?

twoboots Wed 29-Jan-14 22:48:42

much prefer libertychick's duffel to the barbour

fitflopqueen Wed 29-Jan-14 22:53:00


if you are upto online buying Nordstrom have trench coats with hoods???

twoboots Wed 29-Jan-14 22:53:01

this has a hood, but its not pictured


ceeveebee Wed 29-Jan-14 23:08:07

Happy to buy online as long as free delivery and returns but think norstrum charge to deliver to uk? I like the Michael kors with detachable hood though (although would probably not get bag and coat from same label, would look very matchy matchy!!)

ceeveebee Wed 29-Jan-14 23:09:41

Quite like the first helly Hanson one thanks - the second one looks like a chemical warfare suit!!

fitflopqueen Wed 29-Jan-14 23:20:14

Michael Kors coats currently in TK Maxx, black with zip/belt/hood, I tried one today but cant find a pic on line. Came to mid thigh. Just a thought.

ceeveebee Wed 29-Jan-14 23:45:50

Thanks - there is a tk maxx nr me so I'll pop in

dizhin79 Thu 30-Jan-14 04:58:13

can't link I'm afraid as my phone is playing up, but jaeger had some fab coats in this winter and I think the last of the sale may be on too!

ceeveebee Thu 30-Jan-14 09:28:22

Thanks - lovely coats in jaegar but no hoods
My dream coat is this maxmara one but its 10 x budget and would get ruined in the rain anyway!

bluesbaby Thu 30-Jan-14 11:42:01

kurt geiger boots on sales

bronx boots

Uggs Brooks

uggs gershwin

uggs darcie

crocs grace flat

ceeveebee Tue 04-Feb-14 12:18:46

In case anyone is interested this is what I've ended up buying!

Carvela boots £109 (reduced from £195)

Russell and Bromley loafers £165 (eek - but should last for ever hopefully)

Coat from Jacques Vert £99 (from £159) - not a brand I've ever looked at as thought a bit "old lady" for me but its really nice

Basic long sleeved tops Gap body £12.95 each and used a 30% off voucher.

Still searching for bag...

ceeveebee Tue 04-Feb-14 20:59:41

And decided to follow your advice nyancat and go for a Michael kors tote in tan - not the largest one as I wouldn't realistically be able to carry it if it was full - I got this one which has a cross body strap too so easier for me to carry when pushing a double buggy! Got a £100 selfridges gift voucher from work so only slightly over budget...

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