I love opening up the summer bags again and discovering the clothes you put away the previous Autumn. I especially love finding things I bought in the sale at the end of the summer and that weren't worn much. This green boucle jacket from Zara is one of those items - I only wore it once last year.
This photo is a week old - hence the lack of winter coat/hat/scarf/gloves - what's happened to our weather??!! But last
summer Thursday was glorious and the mother in law and I went into Belfast as she had a few messages to do and doesn't like driving herself in.
Green Boucle Jacket - Zara (SS14)
Cream Textured Top - Primark (got a curry stain on it that evening and is now in laundry rehab...and it's not looking good...please keep in your thoughts!)
Navy Quilted Bag - Dune @ TK Maxx
Navy Pumps - Anna Field @ Zalando
I should point out that this is not a sponsored post at all - we just happened to arrive in Belfast on the very day (and hour) that the Michael Kors shop opened in Victoria Square - it would have been wrong not to have a look?!
I've not been round a MK shop since New York - this one is seriously impressive. It's based in the old LK Bennett shop in VSQ (on an aside, does anyone know where it's gone to?? The concession is gone from House of Fraser too)
Back to MK...and I didn't think I'd want to buy as much as I did....the brand seems to have toned down the bling bling offering a little so the bags in particular appealed to me much more than they did in the US - all really rather lovely with classic colours and styles. All the links are to the US site btw - but just so you can have a closer look & compare prices - though remember US sales tax is additional - I've talked about US vs UK prices below.
On the birthday list is this cross body bag in navy saffiano leather. It's £135 and will be the perfect replacement for my navy Boden cross body which as become rather worn. The saffiano leather is great for wear and tear...my Prada has the same finish.
Footwear wise, I was tempted by these navy pumps (called Moccasin's online). They're so so comfortable but I couldn't get my head around the massive MK on the front. They were like gloves on me in the size 8, lined in the softest leather. Bliss! The sales assistant told me they are getting other lines in without as much branding so I'm holding off for now.
Fulton Leather Moccasin in Navy (not online in that colour)
The clothing range was surprisingly good - I've not really looked at it before. This navy (all about the navy clearly!) leather jacket was just fabulous
but there were some more affordable pieces too. Loved the print on this top with the pop of orange (also navy...sorrry)
Price-wise, it's not much more expensive than the US to be honest. I compared the cost of my watch and of a handbag I'd taken a fancy to in New York and even with the current favourable exchange rate, it's only about 12% cheaper to buy in the US (with the 9% NYC sales tax)...so factor in the costs of getting & staying there, you're not saving yourself a huge amount by holding out to buy abroad. Plus you get the local customer service on your doorstep...a great benefit if you need to exchange or return something.
Definitely a must see if you're in VSQ in the coming weeks. Great to see the brand buying into the city and I'll definitely be back.
Finishing with today's colder day outfit...brrr....but had the greys covered up at the hairdresser so that's always a bonus :)
Coat - Almost Famous London (AW14)
Breton - Joules
Jeans - Gap Perfectly Skinny (via Outlet)
Boots - Navy Ash Jalouse
Bag - Boden Cross Body (past season)
Busy evening ahead as I'm heading out to sing at the Grand Opera House in Belfast tonight where the choir are supporting St Agnes Choral Society's performance of Hairspray...can't wait!