Monday, 6 May 2013

Coloured Jeans & Spring Flowers

We took a trip back out to Mount Stewart over the weekend to check out their arts & antiques fair. It was an ok day - not as warm as forecast, but dry. Mount Stewart has its own micro-climate anyway - generally warmer. Evidenced in the fact that their spring blooms always come out a few weeks before ours.
Gemma took my photos today - it's normally her sister who does them but this time, she was really keen to take the photos under this magnolia tree...
Her verdict - a bit dark so we went for a brighter spot over beside the pink rhododendrons...
Boden Short Trench - (AW10 only available on eBay now)
Green Jeans - Room 31

Taupe Suede Ankle Boot - Mango (AW12 - similar here & here)

White Short Sleeved T-Shirt - Superdry (SS13)

Denim Shirt - Sainsburys (SS13 - similar here)

Necklace - New Look (AW11)
Sunglasses (in brown) - Room 31
This Boden short mac has been in my wardrobe for a couple of years and I still love it. If I'm honest, I find long macs/trench coats can look a bit formal for a day out with the kids so this short one works better. Additionally, it's lined and made from a heavier cotton which makes it perfect for in-between weather.
Wearing my Room 31 green jeans again. I've had a denim overload recently so really wanted a bit of colour on my legs. I fancied wearing them with camel as my necklace has both colours in it and I thought it would therefore work well.
The necklace is an oldie from New Look (worn here in my blog swap with One Chic Mom - Iva) but I was amused to see that the same necklace is stocked this year in a couple of different colour-ways in Dorothy Perkins AND even more amusing, Next have a pair of sandals made from it. Perhaps a bit too matchy, matchy? 
Necklace Sandals - Next
Monochrome Beaded Row Necklace - Dorothy Perkins
Colourful Beaded Row Necklace - Dorothy Perkins


And in return for taking such gorgeous photos of me, Gemma asked that I take one of her beside the pink flowers. 
Coat - Polarn O. Pyret (HMD*)
Dress - Ted Baker (HMD)
Tights - Next (HMD)
Handbag - Cath Kidson
Boots - M&S
Gorgeous - even if I do say so myself x

*hand me down - thanks Gracie!
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  1. Oh! Gemma is precious and what a good photographer. I didn't realize that you have a Gracie.... I have one, too!

    Kind of coveting those Mango boots you've got. They go with so much!

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    1. Thank you Martha! I should have explained, I don't actually have a Gracie - it's my friends little girl. She's almost 6 and is so kind giving my girls all her HMD's...we are so lucky!
      Oh and wishing I bought those boots in the black also. They are my most comfy ankle boots! x

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  2. Aww, my gorgeous girl in her red boots xx

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  3. Gorgeous - aren't those Boden macs fab - I used to have the green one and now regret selling it:( Love the longer ones they have this season too though especially the red.

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    1. They are fantastic - best buy ever. And I got mine in clearance too! x

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  4. Gemms is clearly a talented young lady - great photography skills! You both look fantastic xo

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    1. Aw, thanks hun! She's a wee star...and a total clothes obsessive...wonder where she got that..x

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  5. I love your outfit today, I have some jeans just like that that I had forgotten about ...

    Oh and Gemma is a fashionista in the making - love her tights!!!

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    1. Thanks Fiona - yes, Gemma is totally into her clothes....always dresses herself and it can be quite an eclectic mix...but seems to work most days! x

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  6. How lucky are you that you have two fabulous photographers in the house? I'm still telling mine to "take your finger off the lens!".

    Lovely pictures and Gemma is adorable. She has your eyes!

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    1. Haha - I have them well trained! Thanks Sue x

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  7. Lovely pics .. really like your sunnies! Gemma is a little dote .. and clearly a very good photographer!

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    1. Thanks you Helen - she's a great little girl. Was so pleased when I told her the comments...all proud of herself! x

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  8. Lovely pictures Avril, especially the ones by the pink flowers! I have a short Trench from Zara I've had for a few years and it certainly fills a gap when you feel a longer one a bit formal, I think everyone should have a shortie too!

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    1. I'm with you on the shortie too Sharron - a great casual jacket option x

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  9. I've just managed to catch up on all your posts. Whoa!! You brave woman. I had no idea Boden was going to deliver over 600 pieces of clothing. I wouldn't have coped. I love that breton top on you. I'm so tempted to get the code from you but I shouldn't. I've already placed 3 orders in the last month!

    A couple days ago, I saw a woman in town in a pair of colored denim similar to yours. The green was so striking that it really contrasted beautifully with her b & w striped top. Fabulous outfit, Avril!

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    1. Haha - 600 items....I almost fainted when it all came in. I was most worried about getting it all back out the door again the next day! But we got there...thank goodness.
      Thanks for the tip off about the striped top with the green jeans. I must try that with my new Boden breton! x

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  10. This is such a great look on you! Those DP necklaces are gorgeous aren't they?! I cant believe your lil' one takes your photos! How awesome is she?! Bless her! :) Ax

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    1. Thank you Andrea...loving the necklaces...must get down to DP's soon to see them in the flesh. Really fancy the coloured one. x

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  11. What a cute little puffin she is! Love your jeans. xx

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    1. Thanks Nic - she is a wee star...such a good girl, they both are! x

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  12. I love how simple but dramatic your outfit is, with the addition of colour and necklace. Love these Dorothy Perkins pieces - I always look there first for my jewellery, great pieces and normally a great price;)

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    1. Thanks Rosanna ... I love DP's too, I always pick something up there when I'm in. Love the big one down at Boucher...it's brilliant x

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    1. Thanks...love these jeans the most of all my coloured ones x

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  14. Those statement necklaces will be mine and loving the sandals too...you are rocking those jeans and trench coat too !

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