Stained Glass Windows

Today's photographs are taken at the church were I've worked for the past year (8 hours a week). I made the decision about a month ago to leave this job partly because it will cost me too much for childcare over the Summer months and partly because the blog and associated endeavours have started to take over a lot of my spare time...which is very exciting!
I'm looking a bit smarter today which is hopefully useful for those of you who need a working wardrobe on a budget. I've had a few emails from working mums recently, asking for suggestions for this time of year.
I'm wearing white bootcut trousers from H&M. Got these in a flash sale they had a few months ago. I shared the news about this sale on Facebook and I know some of you picked up great bargains at the time. These were just £7! Unfortunately no longer available online but these ones from Marks & Spencer are similar. 
You know my fondness for tunics by now and I bought today's black sleeveless linen blend tunic about 15 years ago in Kookai and have worn it endlessly since. I've had a little look to find some similar ones available online...
Billie & Blossom Black Shift - Dorothy Perkins £15
Cowl Neck Tunic - Amazon
For some colour, I've got a H&M cropped cardigan in turquoise. These are not in stock in H&M anymore but New Look have a great range of coloured cropped cardigans on 2 for £18. My scarf is also from from H&M. It's a summer weight scarf that has lovely shades of blue, purple and tan through it. New Look also have some great scarves on this link.
You can just see my M&S hairy black pumps from my post last week. Have decided to keep them but the jury's still out on the others...what do you think? 
See you tomorrow :)

PS The competition winner will be announced later this evening - lots of entries to process :) 



  1. Anonymous17:33

    You've hit the nail on the head over the Working Mum's Dilemma in lower paid jobs. I can't afford after school or holiday childcare, as it would cost me over double what I actually earn myself. I get round this by working in a school term time only & having a friend collect my children. The school's breakfast club is subsidised, so I can afford before school care. I also can't afford to spend lots of money on clothes for work. I get round this by wearing coloured jeans & leggings with smart tops, but do feel some days that I'd like to differentiate more between workwear & smart casual outfits I wear at home. It was easy when I was a banker as I wore suits to work & jeans at weekends.

  2. I am starting to look for smarter clothes as my blog takes me to PR events etc which is also new and exciting. Also a lover of tunics so will be checking this blog more often for tips, thanks.

  3. MrsS21:12

    I've got those black 'hairy' shoes too and I love them.

    I could really do with some advice for my work wardrobe. I need to be smart-ish for work - I'm a PA - not suits but smart separates or dresses.

    I recently had a wardrobe clear out and am left with two pairs of black trousers, a black skirt and various tops. I really need to re-stock but don't know where to start. I need to build up a good, flexible wardrobe that will give me a number of different looks.

    Any suggestions would be gratefully received


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