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Monday, 22 August 2016

AW16 at M&S

In the past week, under the guise of 'let's go get some school supplies', I've enjoyed checking out the new stock coming into the shops for autumn. The two shops I have spent the most time in are Dunnes Stores and M&S so they seem as good a place as any to start. First up, M&S....who are well overdue a good season.

Accessories first and these wraps have just arrived in two colour ways. This colour is very similar to a H&M blanket scarf that I have from a few seasons ago and it's a great way to introduce blush to your winter wardrobe. I love wearing these wraps like huge scarves rather than over the shoulders.
Open Front Triangle Wrap - £39.50  (a bit pricey for acrylic but it is big)
Some great jewellery in the Limited Edition range and the prices are amazing:
This top came home with me - though annoyingly, it went into the sale a week later so it's all sold out online now:
The jeans game is strong in the Limited range too - these black/grey skinnies are fab. Guess what? Not online. This is a frustrating theme that builds as this post goes on....
Took a shine to this cream sweatshirt. Not online.
But this jacket is! It's from the Indigo Collection and it looked great on the hanger:
It wasn't however great on me - perhaps would work better on a shorter body? I'd also say size down - this is the 10 with sleeves rolled up:
But this coat won my heart. I'm a huge fan of a cream coat but they're difficult to keep clean. This is a great option as the fleck will make it easier to hide any marks etc. It comes up huge though - I'm wearing the 10:
here's a close up:
Moving to Per Una...I know, I know...but bear with me! This bardot top is exactly the same as the River Island & Topshop one. I know this as I've tried them all. It's £5 less too #bonus:
but here's the surprise....can't find it online ::Head Desk::

But I've found both of these online and and believe it or not, they are Per Una too - just landed this week and I'm really quite impressed! I guess my head is in a work clothes space but I still think this first one would look great with jeans and black boots:
I'm feeling the pussy bow chambray shirt thing...but concerned about the ties. I bought a cream sleeveless one recently and couldn't work the tie at the neck.

The BOGOHP is still on on the basic tees on this link - get stocked up now!
Shoes-wise, these are a great nod to the Gucci ones all the super stylish bloggers have been sporting
and these boots are a fab dupe of the Topshop Master ones last year, which in turn were a nod to some Stella McCartney ones..
but guess what....they're not online!

So, despite the lack of online stock, I'm hopeful for a better AW16 at M&S. For the first time in a while, there are a few items I definitely want to buy and that's great for the brand after a few barren seasons where they've struggled to find their place in the market.

Finishing with outfits from the past couple of days...days where I've considered renaming the blog 'Black, White & Denim'
Asymmetric Knit - Zara (past season)
White Skinny Jeans - Pieszak via Sarah Jane Boutique, Magherafelt
Scarf (in hand) - New Look
Sandals - H&M

Denim Jacket - Vero Moda (via eBay)
Jeans - Gap Leggings via the Outlet
White Linen Top - Gap (via charity shop!)
Backpack - MiPac ℅ Menarys
Sandals - as before

Back soon with my Dunnes Stores edit!

Ax
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5 comments

  1. Love those boots from m&s. I think m&s is a bit hit and miss sometimes. I've just bought a khaki pleated skirt to find it was in the sale 2 days later and my size had sold out. I tend to order online and get delivered to the m&s food store which is handy.

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    1. Well funny you should say Jan because I had taken a photo of that skirt as I LOVED it and when I went to post about it here, it was gone as it had been in the sale like the top. So so frustrating, hence I left it out of the blog post. Thanks for the tip re the online ordering. I keep forgetting I can get it to the nearest food store as I have one quite close to me at home and it saves driving to the shopping centre. Ax

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  2. hi Avril please feel free to tell me not to be
    So nosy but I just wondered what the work is that you're talking about? Good luck with it I'm sure
    You'll do well whatever it is! All the best X

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    1. Hi Pippa - you're not nosy at all...I shared it on my Facebook page but haven't blogged about it yet. I'm going to work with a local candle/home fragrance company called Bog Standard. I'll be part time doing some digital marketing and a bit of PR etc...perfect hours and a lovely company so I'm very excited! Thanks so much for your lovely comment x

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  3. You sound like the perfect fit for them! All the best Avril px

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