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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Baby Blue, Mint and Teal Combination With Tan Boots

Baby blue, mint, teal and tan
What started as a very simple outfit last weekend - jeans and my mint biker jacket - soon became a riot of all shades of blue. Baby blue, mint and teal all happily combined with tan (both my boots and my hair) to create another 'anti-autumnal colours' outfit. (I did yellow and grey the other week.)

I hadn't actually worn the mint jacket since the spring (see here), and I thought the blue scarf from Asos would jar a little but I'm happy to say it didn't. I think shades of blue with mint can be tricky to get right, but these were all greeny-blues: anything on the side of cobalt or purply-blue definitely wouldn't have worked with the mint... believe me I've tried them all!

The tan boots have been brought out yet again for the fifth or sixth winter in a row and gave a nice warm contrast to all the cool colours I had on. I'm not giving up on these boots any time soon so I'm afraid you'll have to put up with them for yet another season...!

Do you have an old faithful pair of boots that you'd had for years that you're determined to keep wearing till they fall apart (like me)?

Baby blue, mint, teal and tan
Baby blue, mint and teal
Baby blue, mint, teal and tan
Catherine x
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Scarf: Asos, Jacket: c/o Gray & Osbourn, Jeans: Toast, Boots: Duo (old), Bag: Nine West, Ray-Bans: c/o Sunglasses Shop, Earrings: c/o kuka-me, Ring on ring finger: c/o kuka-me, Lips: Revlon Matte Balm 215 Shameless

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Monday, 27 October 2014

What to Wear for a Date Night | Gold Brocade Jeans and Bird Print Blouse

Bird print blouse, gold brocade jeans (over 40 fashion)
Getting a little dressed up for a night out is always a winner in my book, especially when you pair something brand new with something you'd almost relegated to the back of your wardrobe. These gorgeous gold brocade jeans were sent to me to style by JQ Jeans, an Italian jeans brand now available in the UK. This pair won't be on sale till next month, but if you love them as much as me then snap them up quick as they're a limited edition design.

As well as being a beautiful fabric they are super stretchy (without losing shape) and they fit like a dream - perfect for those Christmas parties coming up when you want to wear jeans but blue denims just don't seem dressy enough! I wasn't sure whether to leave the hems rolled up but I rather liked the black cuff, so I left them to echo the black pointed heels. The old item I mentioned is the bird print blouse last worn a whole two years ago layered under a dress. The ruffled peplum is perfect for over-consumption of food(!) and with the stretchiness of the jeans I can guarantee a comfortable evening - style-wise at least!

With the prices of JQ Jeans starting at £90 and (brilliantly) half sizes available, I'd recommend a look at their website for some unusual fabrics and excellent fits.

Do you have a fail-safe date night outfit that gives you ample space to breathe (that's also stylish)? Let me know in the comments!

Bird print blouse, gold brocade jeans (over 40 fashion)
Bird print blouse, gold brocade jeans (over 40 fashion)
Bird print blouse, gold brocade jeans (over 40 fashion)
Bird print blouse, gold brocade jeans (over 40 fashion)
Bird print blouse (over 40 fashion)
Catherine x
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Blouse: Asos, Jeans: c/o JQ Jeans, Clutch: New Look, Heels: Aldo, Sunglasses: French Connection, Ear cuff: Asos, Watch: Lipsy, Rings: Asos

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I have written this post in collaboration with JQ Jeans. All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Outfit for an Autumn Walk and Lunch | Long Striped Blazer and FitFlop Shoes

Grey striped blazer with loose fit pants
I really hate to admit that I'm embracing my autumnal wardrobe, but I am. This was one of those outfits that was the ultimate in practicality: I got it spot-on for temperature, occasion and style. We had a weekend away in Twickenham with friends, so I had that problem of making a decision of what to wear in advance, with no way to go back in and change like you do at home....!

Firstly, the grey striped blazer: an ingenious and very versatile piece. I'm not sure I've seen a long-line blazer before, but this one really works (the stripes and the cut are perfect). It added the warmth of a long cardigan but it smartened my outfit instead of making it look sloppy which knitwear sometimes does. Secondly, my choice of footwear had to be suitable for a walk into Richmond for a pub lunch, so I went with my new FitFlop Nubuck shoes which are the most gorgeous autumnal khaki colour. I've wanted to try FitFlop shoes for ages - and these did not disappoint. Crazy comfy, no rubbing, great colour, smarter than trainers... I can highly recommend them.

As usual with me I added a couple of great accessories - my current favourite statement piece that is the Accessorize camera bag and a big chunky crystal necklace (sadly no longer available) from Anna Lou of London. I had comfy feet, enough room for a pub lunch thanks to my loose-fit trousers and I was perfect temperature-wise: I was winning 100% that day as far as I was concerned...!

Do you have many of those days when your outfit was absolutely perfect for the occasion, the weather, the activity?

Grey striped blazer with loose fit pants
Grey striped blazer with loose fit pants
Loose fit pants and army green lace ups
Grey striped blazer with loose fit pants
Catherine x
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P.S. I've worn these trousers several times over the blogging years, see here, here and here!



Blazer: c/o Gemini Woman, Sweater: La Redoute, Trousers: Asos (I like these ones), Shoes: FitFlops c/o Shoetique, Bag: Accessorize, Necklace: c/o Anna Lou of London (similar), Nails: Maybelline Gel Nail Colour Divine Wine 265

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