Cashmere, Fur & The Sales

What a week - hope you all had a lovely time over Christmas. Our first one in the new house was just perfect. Lots of family time, Christmas movies, too much food....and the sales! I'm not sure whether to be proud or ashamed of being in the queue for House of Fraser at 7.45am on Boxing Day...
but in my defence, I was looking for house stuff. I'm a huge fan of the Living By Christiane Lemieux range at HOF - it fits nicely with the art deco era of the house and it will work really well with the colours I've planned for the new kitchen. I picked up placemats, coasters, mugs, glasses and some towels. All in storage for a month or so until the kitchen goes in...cannot wait!

Clothing-wise, I had only one item on my wish list and that was a mid-length navy cardigan - very sensible :)  I found a great unstructured one in Mary Portas (not online). 100% merino wool for just over £30 - I'll feature it soon on the blog. The Mary Portas range is always great in the sale - I also bought this oversized knit in the ink colour the zip detail on the neck. There's no doubt, the range is definitely aimed at taller women with apple figures but I find her tops & knitwear generally work on me.
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I only stayed in town for a couple of hours on Boxing Day so on Saturday, I was itching to check out Next and M&S for my annual stock up on underwear and nightwear - can't bear to pay full price for lingerie or for anything you wear in bed. While walking through Next, I was tempted by the coats and shoes but I've already ordered a pair of over the knee black flat boots for £30 during my VIP slot last Tuesday, a coat from the Zara sale online AND  a second pair of over the knee boots from Zalando (blog research - won't be keeping both pairs), so I resisted.

But back to today's outfit which showcases one of my Christmas presents from Mr SGS. I've had a 100% cashmere jumper on my wish list for ages but they are just soooo expensive. What a treat to get this gorgeous's a great shape for me as I don't suit traditional jumpers with waistbands. Great shopping hubby :) I enjoyed wearing it today with a fab little fur snood I got in the M&S sale on a slippery walk to Starbucks. I can't see the novelty of being so close to everything ever dwindling!
Coat & Hat - Trespass
Boots - Sorel (some reduced in the ASOS Sale here)
Jeans - Maison Scotch (past season)
Cashmere Jumper - Philosophy
Fur Snood - M&S
Black Cross Body Bag - Warehouse

Finishing with an outfit from last night when we were invited to friends (and now they're neighbours) for their annual Christmas quiz. It's our 3rd year attending and we joked that the last two were so good, we decided to buy a house on the same street to ensure we could stagger home this year...and stagger I did...but mostly because of the heels and the ice!
Black Jacket - ASOS (past season)
Black Sleeveless Top - Warehouse (current season)
Boyfriend Jeans - Gap (past season - current here)
Snakeskin/Suede Heels - LK Bennett Outlet

Not sure if I'll get a chance to blog again before New Year - let's see how this week goes. The workmen are back in the house again from tomorrow so I'm going to be looking for inexpensive ways to keep the kids entertained and out of the house. Fingers crossed for dry weather!




  1. Sounds like you've had a lovely Christmas Avril & so wonderful to have spent it in your new home.
    I love you outfit from last night.
    Good luck with entertaining the children!
    Jane xx

  2. What a lovely jumper, and that faux fur snood looks so warm! How jealous am I that you can now walk to Starbucks?? If I did that from my house I'd be going for a good couple of hours

  3. Hope you had a fab Christmas! I've not been near the shops, with two children in tow I'm not tempted... Ha ha!

    Love your outdoor reindeer, so cute :)

  4. Sherley12:52

    Adore that jacket. Anything similar you've seen this season?! Thanks!

  5. Anne harte00:31

    Lovely outfit. Suits u so well. Really like that jumper

  6. Love your cashmere jumper with the faux fur snood. Such a great outfit on you. Hubby chose well! I'm a big fan of cashmere too. You can't beat it. Lynne xx

  7. Love the jumper hubby got you with the fur snood, looks fab. Hope you had a fab xmas x

  8. Loving your jumper and snood Avril and your evening outfit - well done with the heels and ice! I went to the sales the other day but didn't find anything and I couldn't really be bothered with it all - as is the case sometimes! A very Happy New Year to you and the family! xx

  9. Oh Avril, I love your hair and what exciting news about your new house! That jumper is just perfect and looks great on you - as does everything !! Top marks indeed to Mr SGS for his shopping skills. Happy New Year. :-) Axxx

  10. Love, love love your Quiz outfit! Looking stunning Avril! Happy New Year to you all! Ax


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