Thursday, 18 October 2018

#FridayRetailTherapy | Jude Law Boutique | Style


I am on the ball with the #FridayRetailTherapy posts - not sure how long I can keep it up but I'll do my best to get as many Friday's as I can filled with try on's!

This week, I'm down to another of my favourite local boutiques - Jude Law in Magherafelt. With many years in retail behind her, Jude Law took over this boutique more than 2 years ago and has transformed it with her wonderful eye for interiors and an immense buying talent. She's on the ball when it comes to filling the shop with exactly what her customers want - a mix of workable youthful pieces that work really well together and come in at a mix of price points. 

The shop doesn't have a website but Jude sells lots over the phone and is happy to post out to anyone not close to Magherafelt. What she does have is an AMAZING Facebook and Instagram account that you should go and follow. She's one of the best examples of how a shop should do social media - her regular videos showcasing new stock are so great to watch and generate lots of interest and sales for her inside and outside of the town.

So here goes with my try on - starting with ALL the coats. This first one is a great putty coloured Part Two wool coat. Lovely neutral colour and so cosy:
Next, a teddy style coat in a gorgeous shade of berry. Again, really cosy and it makes a lovely change from the usual caramel coloured teddy coat:
This short camel jacket caught my eye - it's from a French brand called La Fee Maraboute - so much of the range was calling to me (see below)
But if I had to pick just one coat (if I didn't already have SO many!), it would be this Marco Polo yellow coat - absolutely stunning colour and fit...of course the most expensive one I tried but so worth it:
I think I tried this one on the last time I was down with Jude - it's a cerise pink wool coat from French Connection. A beautiful classic cut and a great colour to lift your mood this winter:
I took this faux fur coat off the mannequin as it's the last one left...such a great colour. It's from Sandwich:
I saw this next coat on one of Jude's recent videos and I can confirm it's a lovely in real life - only one left though! I'm a huge fan of grey leopard - I think it's much more flattering than the traditional brown leopard print:
A jacket next and this is a wee gem - it's a stretchy lightweight biker style jacket with beautiful detail. I loved how flattering it was on - it adds no bulk like a biker would usually and is comfortable enough to wear all day!
Coats all tried, it was time to head to the fitting room and the first thing I tried were these absolutely AMAZING classic black 7/8 trousers from French Connection. If you're looking some work trews, look no further. They're beautifully cut! As a pear shape, I find it difficult to find good work wear trousers but these are perfect on me, though I did size up to a 12. I paired them with this grey ruffle jumper from Sandwich: 
Same trousers but now with an ochre roll neck from Marco Polo:
And again with a green high neck top from French Connection. I can't confirm or deny that I bought this entire outfit...
Same trousers (told you they are a classic), this time with a basic black top and a military style jacket from Sandwich:
A change of trousers now and how beautiful are these wide legged ones, again from French Connection? They're so beautifully cut - somewhere between culottes and a skirt...and in a great brown/grey neutral fabric:
Going more casual now and I fell for these grey moleskin Sandwich slim leg jeans worn here with a layering white shirt and a green oversized jumper from Deck.
The green jumper also comes in classic grey:
This next French Connection jumper is a great one for layering too. Love the mix of Camel, Grey and Black:
Next it's back into the French Connection black trousers but I wanted to see how they would work when dressed up...here they are with a Part Two top which is such a great buy for Christmas. It would work on a night out as well as on Christmas Day itself with its subtle sheer stripe along with the gold and black velvet detail:
I pulled these pinstripe stretch trousers out of a box in the shop as they'd just arrived! They're actually pretty amazing and another great workwear option because they're stretchy but not clingy and have no zip or pockets - perfect for pear shapes who don't want too much going on around the waist or hips. They have a gentle boot leg - great for elongating the leg:
I'm wearing the Part Two trousers above and my own French Connection indigo skinnies (which I bought the last time I was down in Jude's) with a French Connection ochre knit in both of these photos...I'm loving how much of this colour is around this season:
The layering shirt I'm wearing in all these photos is a great classic piece. It's got a regular cotton collar, cuff and hem but the body of it is a stretchy material. So comfortable and lovely to wear under a jumper. 
I'm wearing it in this next picture with a Part Two short sleeved grey knit - has a lovely split hem detail:
Back to that French brand I mentioned above - this star print blouse is from La Fee Maraboute. Again, a really flattering fit with a lower hem at the back:
And this print blouse is from the same brand. I tried this on the last time I was down and still love it. The colours are great and the print is perfect for casual or workwear:
And this asymmetric hem jumper is from the same brand:
Finishing with a few Owen Barry handbags that Jude has a lovely selection of. All real leather and made in the UK. This leopard print tote is my favourite of the big ones:
There's also this mulberry suede cross body with brown straps:
And here I am outside the shop after my try-on, with my purchases and I need to credit Chloe who works with Jude with this picture because she risked life and limb to get it!
Coat - Jaeger
Jeans - French Connection from Jude Law
Loafers - LK Bennett
Bag - Mulberry (preloved)

I'm always asked about getting to and parking in Magherafelt so I'll finish this post by telling you it takes about 30/40 minutes from Belfast. It's actually not that far in miles but there are some roadworks on that main Derry road at the moment so you need to allow an extra 10 or 15 minutes. When I arrive, I head towards the bus station where there is a massive carpark and I use the Parkmobile app to leave the car there while I'm trying on. It's about a quarter of the price of Belfast parking. Today, I parked for 4 hours and it cost £1.50...what's not to love? I can recommend Maud's for soup and a sandwich afterwards - it's right alongside the carpark.

Thanks to Jude and Chloe for the lovely welcome again to Magherafelt. You can follow Jude Law Boutique on Facebook on this link or on Instagram on this link and if you are on Instagram today (Friday), you can see videos of me trying everything on on my profile on this link - they'll be in my highlights if you are reading this after Friday the 19th.

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Disclaimer - Jude covered my mileage and time costs for coming to do the try on. I paid for the items I bought. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this blog - I couldn't do it without them.
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2 comments

  1. A few nice things, but as I haven't bought any clothes for 20 yrs plus, not much chance of me boosting Jude's sales. The old story lack of disposal income.

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    1. Oh you're not alone there....thanks for reading though. A bit of window shopping now and again does no harm. Lots of people reading tell me they enjoy the try ons because they get ideas for how to wear what they have already. It's not always necessary to buy new stuff!

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