A Tropical Print and the Mint Chinos Debacle

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I’m afraid I almost totally stole this outfit from one I pinned here.

I needed inspiration last weekend and had a quick peek at my Pinterest Spring Summer board the night before, so I can’t take much credit for this! But I did add a pop of red with my plastic Melissa bow wedges and red belt, plus the outfit needed a hat. Rather, my bad hair day needed a hat πŸ˜‰

This is the second pair of trousers I’ve bought since the Mint Chinos Debacle (or at least that’s what I’ve called it). Long story short: first wear of perfect fit mint chinos; house exited with bottle of orange nail polish in hand; keys, bag and nail polish juggled whilst locking front door; nail polish dropped onto concrete doorstep; perfect mint chinos splattered with full contents of nail polish bottle; tears over death of perfect mint chinos; perfect mint chinos totally sold out online and in all stores; online trouser shopping frenzy to help me get over death of perfect mint chinos.

The first pair (not chinos) I purchased in this two-month frenzy have been worn here and here, and now the tropical print chinos also have helped to fill the little hole in my heart. Now, I must go – the peach floral version has just come back into stock: only one in my size, Add to Basket!!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Catherine x

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Hat: ASOS, Shirt: Topshop, Chinos: Marks & Spencer, Shoes: Melissa at ASOS, Belt: ASOS, Earrings: ASOS, Bracelets L-R: ASOS / New Look / ASOS, Rings L-R: ASOS / H&M, Watches L-R: Gift (old / Debenhams / Gift (old), Nails: Models Own Concrete Mixer

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  1. 28 December 2012 / 12:07 am

    Lovely ensemble. I think the Melissa wedge just makes your whole ensemble more interesting. I can tell that you sure know who to pull of chinos and what to wear with chinos despite the bad hair day.

  2. 27 June 2012 / 7:36 pm

    Love those pants and the red accessories! So cute!

  3. 27 June 2012 / 5:06 pm

    You look great! You are no alone in using pinterest as a stylist. I'm not sure how I got dressed before pinterest existed. It's a bit sad, really. Speaking of sad… I'm sorry for your loss (mint chinos). I know that nothing can replace the love you had for them, but maybe buying more chinos can help heal the heart? I hope it works out for you and the peach floral pair! Visiting from WIWW!


    • 27 June 2012 / 10:11 pm

      Chris thank you so much for stopping by and the follow! And you're absolutely right about Pinterest… what did we do without it??!! πŸ˜‰ Should be receiving the peach floral pair tomorrow… fingers crossed! C x

  4. 27 June 2012 / 4:20 pm

    that is so sad about your mint pants!! your new ones look great! and you look fabulous in that hat!!

  5. 26 June 2012 / 8:05 pm

    Great outfit. Love the red. And you are very funny. With so little words you have beautifully described the perfect mint chinos chaos. I saw the whole thing in my mind like a play. To me a comedy. To you a tragedy.

    • 26 June 2012 / 10:57 pm

      I'm glad you saw it that way, Greetje (oh it's hard to phrase that without it sounding sarcastic! I mean it literally!) – I wrote it that way in the hopes of raising a smile, and I'm sure a similar thing has happened to most of us…?!! Thanks for your lovely comments as always! C xoxo

  6. 26 June 2012 / 5:52 pm

    hi hun
    thanks for much for your sweet and lovely comments on my blog. I am following you right back. I really like your style and how you put your looks together. πŸ™‚
    i love these pants.
    enjoy the break. you deserve it. πŸ™‚

    • 26 June 2012 / 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much for all your kind words, Ola! So great to have another new follower, it's lovely to meet you properly :)) I'll be back to see you soon! C x

  7. 26 June 2012 / 3:38 am

    OMG, I am so inspired by this outfit. I'll be trying this at home. [coming over from Not Dead Yet Style]

  8. 26 June 2012 / 12:07 am

    what a great look!
    If you like it, follow my blog on Bloglovin' and I will follow you back with pleasure. Just let me know in the comments πŸ˜‰

    LA By Diana Live Magazine

  9. 25 June 2012 / 6:54 pm

    Wow, what a fabulous outfit! I especially love those Melissa shoes!
    P.S. I found you through Annie's blog The other side of gray πŸ™‚

  10. 25 June 2012 / 4:02 pm

    I still feel sorry over your mint chinos! But these pants may even be happier than those πŸ™‚ Love the bold print (reminds me of my dress from a couple days ago) and it looks GREAT with the red accents.

    <3 Cambria

    • 25 June 2012 / 8:12 pm

      I think maybe you're right Cambria that these are happier pants… what a nice way to put it, thank you hon!!! C xoxo

  11. 25 June 2012 / 3:48 pm

    awesome trousers.. and i like that u paired them with denim top. this is a great combo. i have always been a fan of masculine inspired looks.

    xo, carla

  12. 25 June 2012 / 3:19 pm

    Love the masculine hat and the girlie-girl shoes combo. Sorry about the nail polish disaster.

  13. 25 June 2012 / 3:10 pm

    So pretty! Those shoes are AMAZING!

  14. 25 June 2012 / 2:55 pm

    I love this outfit…the print pants, the arm party, and the bow shoes! Super cute!!!

  15. 25 June 2012 / 2:36 pm

    Great outfit! Love those printed pants and you make them look so cool & classy! I've been thinking about venturing into more bold printed pants but afraid it would look frumpy on me!

    • 25 June 2012 / 8:00 pm

      Oh my goodness Tunde – you would look UNBELIEVABLE in printed trousers, you have the most fabulous long legs!!! Get out there right now and buy some straight away my dear, there'll be zero frump factor on you (heehee – but I mean it πŸ˜‰ Thank you my lovely xoxo

  16. 25 June 2012 / 12:25 pm

    Amazing look here, dig those pants!

  17. 25 June 2012 / 7:18 am

    Great pants! You're lucky to be able to wear those shoes. Never take it for granted. πŸ˜‰

  18. 25 June 2012 / 5:54 am

    Amazing look! Love how you paired denim with a bright print and red! It's really chic :)Hope you come by sometimes πŸ™‚
    – Che


  19. 25 June 2012 / 5:34 am

    LOVE your outfit! But my favorite thing is the watches!!! What a cool idea to wear three in a row like that as if they are bracelets. So cool.

    • 25 June 2012 / 12:42 pm

      Thanks so much, Jeanine – though I can't take the credit (again!!), I saw it first on Jessie from Style & Pepper, she's one stylish girl! C xo

  20. 25 June 2012 / 12:37 am

    That's so sad to hear about your mint pants! I LOVE your hat and printed pants. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for all of your sweet comments and I'm following you too πŸ™‚


    • 25 June 2012 / 11:59 am

      Oh I am getting over them slowly, Angela…!! Thank you for coming by and the follow – it's nice to meet you!! Hope to see you again xoxo

  21. 25 June 2012 / 12:30 am

    Fantastic! I like your interpretation much better! The red looks amazing!

  22. 24 June 2012 / 11:47 pm

    I like these pants a lot..wish I could find some just like them in my size…really cute!

    • 25 June 2012 / 8:12 am

      Kacie thank you so much for stopping by, it's so nice to meet you! Glad you like my blog sweetie! C xoxo

  23. 24 June 2012 / 4:52 pm

    Hi Catherine, first of all I would like to thank you for the lovely comments, which introduced me to your blog! Just read your 'Abouts' and I'm fascinated by your inspirations. This is a very nice outfit and I like the mix of fabrics, not to mention that you are styling the skinny belt in my favourite way!

    • 24 June 2012 / 9:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Caterina… so glad you liked it, and thanks for stopping by – it's nice to see you!! C xx

  24. 24 June 2012 / 3:58 pm

    Hi Catherine!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I am glad you did so I could pop by here for a visit. I love these floral pants, you look fantastic in them. Was just poking around your blog and saw the count down to your big 4-0, very exciting πŸ™‚
    I am also following you on bloglovin and look forward to checking in!
    xo K

    • 24 June 2012 / 9:15 pm

      You're so welcome, Kendall – thanks so much for the follow, it's so nice to meet you properly here! Thank you also for your lovely comments sweetie, look forward to seeing you again! xoxo

  25. 24 June 2012 / 1:25 pm

    Very stylish. You made it totally your own


  26. 24 June 2012 / 12:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am loving this bold look!!
    The pants are crazy but in a totally good way. Haha, I want a pair like them actually. Love how you paired it with a bright red belt and the amazing jewelry β™₯
    Love your style and blog, count me as your newest follower!
    Maybe we could follow each other? πŸ™‚

    Enter my Blaque Muse Giveaway!
    Trendy Teal

    • 24 June 2012 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you Linda so much – and welcome, it's nice to meet you! I will come and check out your blog and the giveaway, look forward to seeing you back again! C xx

  27. 24 June 2012 / 9:42 am

    Hello, congratulations for the blog, and for your wonderful shoes! pass from me if you like, we could follow each other! kisses let me know!

    • 24 June 2012 / 12:49 pm

      Hi Olenia, thanks for your comment I'm so glad you like them! I'll pop over and check yours out! c x

  28. 24 June 2012 / 8:43 am

    How long ago did you buy those shoes??? I LOVE them! I wonder if they still have my size…

    You look amazing in the printed pant, I love the pops of red and I would never have guessed you had a bad hair day under your hat – it looks planned & chic xo

    • 24 June 2012 / 1:03 pm

      I'm afraid the shoes are quite old, Julia… I've had another look online and can't find anything similar at all! But the Melissa line is sold via ASOS so keep an eye there, they have a very distinct style so you never know, something similar may come up! Thanks for your lovely comments btw sweetie xoxo

  29. 23 June 2012 / 11:04 pm

    i absolutely LOVE your style and all your pics! New visitor/follower here!! (: Would love it if you could check out my blog/follow me as well! <3

    Cindy C.

    • 24 June 2012 / 8:05 am

      Hi Cindy, it's nice to meet you, thank you for the lovely comments! I will pop over and check it out C xo

  30. 23 June 2012 / 6:40 pm

    Love those shoes! super cute! wish they were mine! I have a thing for bows on shoes. I scrolled through a lot of your outfit pics, and I like a lot of your shoes

    • 23 June 2012 / 6:49 pm

      So glad you like them, Heather – they're one of my favourite pairs (and judging by your style, would really suit you too)!! Thanks hon so much! C xx

  31. 23 June 2012 / 6:23 pm

    Hey girl! Looking gorgeous as ever — I love your "arm swag" with those eclectic bracelets and rings!! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    xoxo, Blair


  32. 23 June 2012 / 9:39 am

    That most beautiful outfit, beautiful pants. The hat adds a touch of fun and your smile makes the post more phenomenal.

  33. 23 June 2012 / 3:18 am

    I'm traumatized just reading about the chinos and nail polish incident!

    • 23 June 2012 / 7:52 am

      Believe me, I'm still not really over it Wendy (especially when I catch sight of them in my DIY-to-do pile. I have to hide the nail polish splattered bit…!!) xoxo

  34. 23 June 2012 / 12:59 am

    I really like Duck's idea for "saving" the chinos : > Once when I was doing my nails in (brightest) red, my cat casually walked by and knocked the bottle all over my lovely coffee table. So have I learned to be extra careful when polishing? Nope.

    Love those floral trousers.

    • 23 June 2012 / 7:50 am

      Oh no, Patti…!! My dad still tells me off now if I paint my nails on the kitchen table or coffee table πŸ˜‰ Glad you like their replacement – thanks sweetie! C x

  35. 22 June 2012 / 9:24 pm

    hey, you should go all jackson pollock on those mint ones with the nail polish, now that would be a fun diy!

    • 22 June 2012 / 9:30 pm

      You know, that's exactly what I'm thinking of doing, and if it doesn't work then I haven't exactly lost anything!! Thanks D for the inspiration! xo

  36. 22 June 2012 / 7:29 pm

    Fabulous trousers, what an amazing print! I really admire your confidence when it comes to fashion, so bold but tasteful πŸ™‚

    • 22 June 2012 / 8:37 pm

      Unfortunately my actual shirt is sold out at Topshop, and strangely I couldn't find a similar one online before I posted?!! Thanks Victoria sweetie, so glad you liked it xoxo

  37. 22 June 2012 / 6:56 pm

    Summertime chic!!! Love this look sweetie! Love the print of your trousers and they look great teamed with the denim shirt and fedora. Also love the pops of red πŸ™‚

    take care,Daniella xox

  38. 22 June 2012 / 6:11 pm

    Those pants are fabulous! Love the chambray and red heels with them – so cute πŸ™‚

    The Other Side of Gray

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