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Friday, 9 October 2015

Random musings for the Weekend...

Have lots of things bouncing around my head right now - things I've spotted out and about, articles I've read, shoes I want to buy (nothing new there) and feedback from friends who were at my Boden party. All of which I thought you might like to read about - so I'm going to try to craft it into a semi-coherant blog post :)

First up, I had book club last night on my street. Several of my neighbours had bought items from the Boden party that I'd not tried on or that hadn't come with my party stock. Before I share, don't forget that there's 50% off selected items in the Boden sale until Sunday! Two of the colour ways in The Mac on this link are down to £64!
But back to book club - The Stretch Heeled Boots were gorgeous in the flesh. The neighbour who bought them was wearing with black skinny jeans and they were just so flattering on the leg thanks to the stretchy panels up the leg. They'll also look amazing with skirts and dresses. Only on 10% off at the moment. If you're between sizes, go up.
Another friend was wearing this dress and it was stunning on her....the dip at the back of the neckline is just so pretty and the fit was great on her petite frame - she had ordered the petite sizing and was very pleased with the length.
Finally, the Swing Tunic was bought by two of my school gate mum friends and they are both raving about it:

Speaking of fantastic sales, I've got a flash sale on the blog shop at the moment too - on this link. I'm only running it until Sunday and there's not much left a the moment but it's a great opportunity to pick up some Christmas presents (sorry...but I know some of you are super organised in this regard!)

I've been enjoying catching up with a few magazines this week as my friend left me over a couple of recent InStyle and Elle Magazines. I enjoyed reading about trouser shapes for this season and one of the fashion journalists was talking about boot/flare leg jeans enduring for a few more seasons. She suggested that for flare-shy girls out there (of which I am one), a black denim pair would be a good AW15 buy and I'm tending to agree. I don't like flares with flats but only wear heels when I'm going out so a black pair of bootlegs could be amazing for adding length and changing my usual going out silhouette of skinny jeans/floaty tops. I'm thinking a shorter, neater top paired with the flare or bootcut....
Anyway, it's got me looking and I'm definitely going to try them out and report back here. 
Quite liking these from Next:
and loving these from Whistles too:

While I was browsing for black jeans this week, I came across this this FAB Maison Scotch stripy top on the Feather & Stitch site and it's in their sale!! Just a gorgeous twist on a traditional breton (of which it's official - you CANNOT have too many)
I wanted to share a discount code for Shoe Therapy also - they've got 20% off at the moment with SHOE20 and I've just received my second pair from the team there as I loved my ballerina flats so much.
This time I went for the python loafers and I was fully expecting to send them back but they are seriously the most comfortable shoes I currently own. I am literally bouncing around in them! They're definitely coming to Boston with me.
Sizing wise, I went down to the 39 for these and they're perfect. I'd say they're on the wider side - more so than the ballerina.
Satchel from Studio Souk (details on this blog post)

And finally, I've been asked by lots of you about my plans for the blog and the future following on from my recent post where I was having wobbles about it all! I will be continuing with the blog but I've decided to close the shop after Christmas. After much reflection and hard staring at spreadsheets (yawn), it's clear to me that the shop is taking up too much time, time that I could be spending in paid work (that side of things is progressing also) and blogging. At the end of the day, blogging is what I love doing and while it's fabulous being able to source and sell gorgeous scarves and jewellery to all of you (and I get to 'borrow' items all the time for myself!!), it's an endeavour that requires investment and stock holding and the market is so competitive now, meaning that after I pay for packaging and stock and VAT and delivery etc...I make very little per item. 
So while I'm sorry to have to let it go, I know it's the right thing to do. But I'll go out on a high don't you worry - some gorgeous new scarves have just been added to the shop and more will arrive with me next week!

Finishing with a few outfits from this week...
Cashmere Poncho - Helene Berman ℅ Gray & Osbourn (AW14 - similar here)
Shirt - TMLewin (similar)
Jeans - Gap Outlet
Shoes - Shoe Therapy/Satchel - Studio Souk (as above)

Stone Pleather Jacket - Dunnes Stores (past season - similar here & here)
Jeans - Topshop (charity shop!)
Black Ankle Boots - Clarks (via eBay - similar here)
Scarf - to arrive next week (will be £15 and can be reserve via email)
Fur Gilet - Next AW14 - AW15 version here (similar here & here)
Jeans - Gap Outlet
Boots - Seven Boot Lane (SGS15 for 15% off)
Necklace - SGS Shop (sold out)

Have a super weekend my friends,

Ax

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5 comments

  1. Very glad to hear that your blog isn't going anywhere & love those python flats! x

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  2. Thrilled Avril your continuing with the blog. You keep me on trend. :-) x

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  3. So glad that you plan to continue blogging and glad to hear that things are progressing for you on the work front. Best of luck with that x

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  4. Oohh I must get my gilets out now it's getting a bit colder! You look fab in yours with a Breton under it. Sorry to hear about the shop, but it's understandable so glad you're sticking around though :-) Lynne xx

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  5. What a shame you are shutting up the shot - I've loved your scarves and jewellery!

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