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Monday, 18 August 2014

YAS Leather Biker Jacket

Back when I was laid up in bed, I mentioned on Facebook that I'd bought this jacket and I know a few of you bought it too as the price was so good. I originally saw it on Anneli's blog & Instagram feed - she's had it now for quite a few months and I notice she's worn it loads...and every time I saw her wearing it, I loved it a little bit more. I kept clicking on the link to see if it was reduced but each time, it was still too much to justify..until Anneli linked to it on the ISME site where it was reduced to £75 with the option to pay over 3 months. It was the perfect pick me up - even if I couldn't wear it for a few weeks thanks to the gorgeous weather. (New season version available on this link/Other bikers available on ISME on this link)
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I'll put my hands up and say that I thought black biker jackets were in the mid life crisis department. Seeing more and more stylish women wear them with flirty skirts & dresses and with pretty tops and jeans though has completely converted me. I realise now that the key is to wear them with something quite feminine to tone down the masculine cut and style of the jacket.
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The smell alone makes it a joy to wear but I also love the slightly different detail on the front with the studs and the only minor pleating at the shoulder - so many bikers have lots of arm detail which can add bulk.
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I gave it its first outing with a white lacy boho top that I picked up in my local consignment store DejaVu, jeans from New Look, cross body bag from Boden (current season version) and my trusty fitflops - though my feet were cold so I'm now wondering what I'm going to wear on my feet for autumn/winter if my back continues to bother me...shoe dilemmas!
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Also premiering my new hair colour and cut which was done last week by the brave man who cut my long hair off 8 weeks ago - Jonny McKelvey at Uber Hair. Separate post coming on that, along with some hair care products I've become a fan of since I cut my hair off (and gave up my weekly blow-dry).
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Off piste here on a bit of a beauty find I wanted to share as I'm LOVING it - the Glove Your Body tanning mitt. It looks like an oven glove but feels like a teddy bear. It's amazing - tans your body in about 5 minutes thanks to the texture spreading the tan so evenly and quickly and not soaking most of it up. It washes in the machine and  comes out looking like new. It's a bit pricier but if like me, you are a tanning mitt user, you'll realise it is going to last much longer than the standard foam mitts. Available online at Gordon's Chemist for £14.99 - with delivery available in the UK and Ireland. Incidentally, I always tan with St Moritz Medium Mousse (only £2.99 at the moment)...have tried all the other brands and keep coming back to it.
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Hope you're having a good week and hands up - who else has gotten their kids to work out how many hours are left in the school holidays?

Ax

 
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14 comments

  1. ooooh thank you so much for the tanning mitt tip and I've seen that tan lotion in Tesco! I am going to buy as I use tanning stuff all year round.

    The jacket looks so good with the splash of pink against it

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  2. Hi Avril, love, love the biker jacket, such a useful jacket, you'll wonder how you managed without one.
    Sue x

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  3. Avril, I would love a leather jacket. This one was a great buy, I love how you have soften the look with a lace top. I am sure you will be wearing this jacket lots! X

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  4. fabulousso40s (@fabulousso40s)18 August 2014 at 18:13

    Gorgeous jacket Avril, you rock it!!! definitely not a mid life crisis contender!!! Love it xx

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  5. THe jacket is stunning Avril - and I LOVE your hair - shorter and darker it is SO flattering. You look a wee young thing:) xxx

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  6. The jacket looks lovely on you Avril. Great to get an investment piece on sale x

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  7. The bag gives such a great pop of colour here. I'm a sucker for a biker jacket, and this one is fabulous! x

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  8. Loving the jacket and such a bargain too! My youngest brought me a tanning mitt but I have to admit I've not actually tried it yet.

    X x

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  9. The jacket looks fab on you, I know what you mean re mid life crisis etc, but there is no denying it they just works, and it will go on forever in almost all seasons! With your new hair cut and colour you only look about 21 anyway!! Helen xx

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  10. I love the hair! And I love the jacket on you. I have yet to find the perfect leather jacket for me - I keep looking and trying but still not found it. I want any of Marlene's leather jackets. They're pretty lush.

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  11. Great jacket Avril, you will get lots of wear from it as I bet it will go with everything :)

    Love your hair too, every time I see you I want to go run and have mine cut short again. Planning a trip to the hairdressers once all the children are back to school, few more weeks left yet though...

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  12. Its a gorgeous jacket Avril! I've been after one for a while too & have just done a post on them! I've had a pleather one & have a 2nd hand leather one but really think its time to invest in a leather one! I wasn't sure if they were still a must have but it appears they are here to stay & I need to get a move on! Ax

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  13. What a great jacket on you! I wear my biker quite a lot each Autumn, and while I wear it over tea-dresses a lot, I'm not afraid to go the whole hog every now and again and wear with quite masculine black boots, leggings/skinny jeans, and an all-black palette. I really don't think there should be any rules when it comes to fashion, and if lots of people start wearing something, to be honest it puts me off a lot of the time more than inspires me, if that makes sense?! Anyway, keep rockin' it! P x

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