Longline Blazer, Boyfriend Jeans and Sparkly Bracelet #iwillwearwhatilike

Longline black blazer, boyfriend jeans, suede booties

I’m hoping to see lots of bling in the #iwillwearwhatilike link up today – it’s the perfect opportunity to show off the outfits you wore at Christmas and New Year!

I already posted my red Christmas Day dress on the blog last week, so today I’ve shown you the outfit I wore at the weekend featuring the sparkly crystal mesh bracelet my husband gave me for our 10th wedding anniversary.

Although 10 years is tin, I’m so pleased he bought me this beautiful bracelet rather than a tin of beans – he had every right to interpret it literally, I guess!! But seriously, he’s an expert present-giver and although he knew I had my eye on it, it was still a lovely (and total) surprise.

We didn’t go out (my leg is still too painful to walk anywhere so a trip into town or similar is out of the question), but we did at least have a lovely lunch with the family. I kept it casual with my new black longline blazer (another Christmas present), boyfriend jeans and suede boots. The bracelet added a sparkly something to a semi-casual outfit, and I like wearing that teddy-bear fabric sweater to family get-togethers because I get a lot of hugs, it’s so fluffy πŸ˜‰

Do you ‘do’ anniversary presents? (We don’t normally because ours is so soon after Christmas and New Year, but we made an exception for our 10th.) Or did you receive anything similarly sparkly for Christmas? Tell me in the comments!

Longline black blazer, boyfriend jeans, colourblock bag
Longline black blazer, boyfriend jeans, colourblock bag
Black blazer, sparkly link bracelet
Longline black blazer, boyfriend jeans, suede booties
Black blazer, pink sweater, sparkly link bracelet
Longline black blazer, boyfriend jeans, suede booties
Jacket: F&F Clothing | Sweater: Dorothy Perkins (I like this one) | Jeans: La Redoute (close match) | Boots: La Redoute (similar) | Bag: Next (I like this one) | Bracelet: Adele Marie (a present – similar) | Sunglasses: Borrowed from my niece (similar)



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Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist’s list of “inappropriate” items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!

So link up all your fabulous outfits (or shoes, accessories, make-up, etc.) every Monday at 3pm UK time – it’ll stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you’re wearing whatever you damn well like!



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  1. 13 January 2016 / 6:38 am

    Hi Catherine, congratulations on 10 years and the fabulous new bracelet. I really like the soft look of your cropped hair…it really is lovely on you. Thanks for lending your flair to the My Refined Style Linkup!


  2. 12 January 2016 / 4:55 am

    I LOVE this blazer!!! It's fabulous and hooray for the husband purchasing you something lovely! Anniversary presets are the best! Good luck with the nominations!!

    Stopping by from the Pleated Poppy link-up!


    • 12 January 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Adriele!! Thanks so much for your support, keep your fingers crossed for me ! x

  3. 11 January 2016 / 8:22 pm

    I love jackets with jeans. You did a very good job with the colour and texture of the sweater underneath it. Lovely. As is your beautiful bracelet. Yes, you picked the right husband.
    So did I. He is the one who remembers our anniversary. I am the one who always forgets. He buys me lovely presents like gold rings… I haven's done badly either.

    • 12 January 2016 / 3:07 pm

      Haha I'm the same as you, Greetje – I know our anniversary is just after New Year but I could never remember the actual date, I always had to ask him!! He finally told me to remember it's the same date in the month as his birthday, so now I can remember it at last.

      And wow to the gold rings…!! Lucky girl! Thanks sweetie x

  4. 11 January 2016 / 12:46 am

    Congrats on your wedding anniversary, the gift is very lovely and I am sure you will enjoy wearing it. My husband also loves to buy me anniversary gifts which he does every month on the 29th, the day we were married. It does not have to be a big gift but just a token of his love, so so sweet and I absolutely love it. Good luck with the awards

    • 12 January 2016 / 3:05 pm

      Wow, Anna – that's amazing to do that every month!!!! And thank you for your support, it's greatly appreciated x

  5. 9 January 2016 / 10:22 pm

    I love a huggy jumper too! Your bracelet is gorgeous!
    We have our anniversary one day after our son's birthday so it is tight.
    Mostly we buy ourselves something big or a piece of art.
    Jazzy Jack

  6. 9 January 2016 / 2:06 pm

    Hubby did good!! I love it!! I adore this whole look, classy, yet the perfect pops of fun and color!! The booties…oh I swoon…love!! Thanks for linking up with My refined Style!! Hope to see you next month!!

  7. 8 January 2016 / 5:06 pm

    What a lovely bracelet – the husband chose well! We don't usually do anniversary presents although my husband did buy me a new handbag on our 3rd anniversary…without any hinting, which is a minor miracle as he thinks I have far too much stuff! I love the longline blazer, the gold zips on the pockets are a really nice feature.

    Emma xxx

    • 12 January 2016 / 3:03 pm

      I love those gold zips too, Emma!! Thank you xx

  8. 6 January 2016 / 7:34 am

    Happy anniversary Catherine,your bracelet is lovely. Good luck with the awards
    Laurie x

  9. 6 January 2016 / 12:39 am

    Bit late to the party this week, but oh well, better late than never! Congrats on reaching double figures! Very pretty bracelet and just is the perfect finishing touch to the whole outfit.
    I wore a festive jumper for Christmas which isn't exactly high style, so instead I've linked an outfit I wore for hub's birthday outfit which falls a couple of days before Christmas so that's my fancy outfit!


  10. 5 January 2016 / 10:15 pm

    such a pretty bracelet and I love the outfit. I have to say I am really loving the hair, I know its not "new" but everytime I look at your pictures it really strikes me, the softer colour is so perfect and the cut is fabulous.
    Also I have a link up on Thursday if you would like to hop over.

  11. 5 January 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Aw congratulations on your 10th wedding anniversary and well done Keith! I love your bracelet and your jumper looks so cosy. Good luck in the awards darling. I'll be voting xxx love Liz xxx (www.whatlizzyloves.com)

    • 12 January 2016 / 3:02 pm

      Thanks Liz – the boy done good, didn't he…?!!! πŸ˜‰ You're a love, thank you for voting!! Mayyyybe I'll do it this year πŸ™‚

  12. 5 January 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Great outfit – boyfriend jeans are so much fun to style, and your niece's sunglasses look great with this. I hope you win!! Thanks for hosting the linkup. No fancy duds from me but I love gawking at everyone else, fancy or casual.

  13. 5 January 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Thanks for hosting, Catherine – and you look fabulous in this relaxed outfit. The new bracelet is stunning, good job, husband! xox


  14. 5 January 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Ok, where to start.
    At the top.. You're hair.. ohmagod.. its gorgeous. I know i've seen it on IG but to see some full shots, wow! Love this length on you and it looks so funky!
    Secondly, i kinda want to hug you in that gorgeous fluffy jumper.. that is a beautiful colour on you.
    Thirdly, the whole outfit has come together so perfectly its like each piece was made for each other. And i've been looking for the perfect black longline coat, i love this one!
    Thanks so much for hosting, sorry im late joining this week,just published my first outfit of 2016 finally!
    Happy new year to you again lovely lady
    Ps off to go vote from every email address off every device πŸ˜‰

    • 12 January 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Ohh I'm so glad you like the hair, Rachel!! I was such a wuss about cutting it off, and I know I did it in two stages but I cut off about 12" in the end and I'm soooo glad I did.

      Plus thank you for all the voting, I knew I could count on your support! xx

  15. 5 January 2016 / 4:06 am

    Beautiful bracelet! It was such a sweet and romantic gesture from your husband. I received some "bling" too from my husband as a Christmas gift this time – a nice set of peacock jewelry πŸ™‚

  16. 5 January 2016 / 4:05 am

    Congrats on your anniversary!


  17. 5 January 2016 / 3:11 am

    Just voted for you! Good luck!!!


    • 12 January 2016 / 2:54 pm

      thank you so much for the support, Janise :))

  18. 5 January 2016 / 2:31 am

    We don't normally exchange anniversary gifts either since we have been buying some big purchases. Our 10 year is coming up and I have been hinting for some diamond earrings. Love the pretty outfit! Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • 11 January 2016 / 8:39 pm

      Ooooh Alice keep hinting for those diamond earrings, girl!!!!!!! Hehe thank you sweetie xx

  19. 5 January 2016 / 12:46 am

    Awww, such a sweet husband! Love your new bracelet and sweater. Feel better soon. As far as my husband and I exchanging anniversary gifts, I don't get him anything other than a card, because his love language isn't gifts. And he sometimes gets me gifts, it depends on the year. If we booked a romantic night or weekend away, then no, cause thats the gift. He usually gives me flowers.

  20. 4 January 2016 / 11:35 pm

    Catherine I adore your hair like this, it looks so chic! Gorgeous outfit too, the longline blazer is a beautifully stylish piece. πŸ™‚

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  21. 4 January 2016 / 10:54 pm

    This is such a fabulous look! I just love those boots!

  22. 4 January 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Love your new hair, length and colour.
    Thank you so much for introducing me to Pipdig and sharing your knowledge.
    Glad to be back to blogging and joining your party.
    Love and sunshine

    • 12 January 2016 / 3:09 pm

      Pipdig's the best, Sacramento – so glad you love your new design, it looks fantastic! Thank you, much love x

  23. 4 January 2016 / 8:20 pm

    I voted! I will try my very best to remember to go and vote on other days!
    You look beautiful by the way, that bracelet is beautiful- delicate AND sparkly! I linked two posts, hope you don't mind- my new year bling and general broochy bling!x

    • 11 January 2016 / 8:37 pm

      Link up as many as you like, Kezzie – as I always say, the more the merrier! thanks sweetie x

  24. 4 January 2016 / 8:18 pm

    What a striking look, and doesn't rose gold form a perfect bridge between black and peach? Ties it all together beautifully. Wishing you all the best this new year!

  25. 4 January 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Well, since I just got married in October, I don't know if we give anniversary gifts. We got married on my (45th) birthday and I think I did say I'll expect a gift for each: birthday and anniversary. He gave me a really beautiful Art Deco style brooch as my Kettubah (Jewish vows document) gift (and I gave him a stuffie spaceship). Oh, and of course, I got a wedding ring! For Christmas this year, my husband gave me the original script for the pilot episode of Murder She Wrote!!! My step-sons gave me a dragon ear cuff, and an amber, rhinestone brooch. Bling is my thing and they both chose well.

    My wedding photos are in so my next post will be from the wedding. I'll be sure to share it here.

    • 11 January 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Wow some amazing presents, Charlotte!!! Looking forward to seeing the dress in full :))

  26. 4 January 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Your sparkly bracelet is lovely! How wonderful to get it as a surprise anniversary gift. Happy New Year, Catherine!

    • 10 January 2016 / 10:59 am

      Aww thank you Coco, I shall pop over as soon as I can :)))

  27. 4 January 2016 / 6:36 pm

    I supported you with my vote! Good luck! Your bracelet is beautiful and I think celebrating your 10th anniversary with a special gift is perfect. Some anniversaries we exchange gifts and some we don't. It's the same with all the holidays. Have a great week. Peace! Cheryl

    • 10 January 2016 / 10:53 am

      Cheryl thank you so much – I think it's good to not be too strict about "having" to give presents…!

  28. 4 January 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Hubby and I will be 10 years soon…we don't normally do gifts either as our anniversary is hogmanay. Too much other "stuff" going on. We usually throw a small cocktail party which starts out quite sophisticated and ends up with crazy dancing (to rave or rock tunes, depending on who has control) and general riotous behaviour.
    Us over 40's certainly know how to have a good time!
    I am glad you had a nice time celebrating, despite your pain.
    Your blazer is a great gift and works so well with the peach and denim…especially with that bag pulling everything together so perfectly.
    A great smart/casual look!
    Fake Fabulous

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:52 am

      Wow I bet you have a ball every wedding anniversary, Samantha, if it's the same day as hogmonay…!!!! Thank you so much my lovely x

  29. 4 January 2016 / 6:09 pm

    Beautiful bracelet Catherine you lucky lady! Congratulations on 10 years, as my Dad always lurves to joke "You get less for murder these days!" Hahaha yes he's a funny bugger – not πŸ˜‰
    Seriously though 10 years is a special anniversary I think because you feel like you've really gotten to know the person warts & all. Nobody gets to 10 years without some ups & downs hey? I know we'd had our fair share by then. Here's to the next 10…Is that diamond yet? Ugh hope so teehee. xxx

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:50 am

      Yes to the ups and downs, Michelle… Thankfully the former totally outnumbers the latter!! Thank you sweetie x

  30. 4 January 2016 / 5:49 pm

    I voted! Of course! Loving your hair here, Catherine! Wishing you all the best in 2016. You're invited to link up your link up with my link up if you want to. Got that?! πŸ˜‰

    Dawn Lucy

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:49 am

      Hehe more love for the rose gold bob…! Thanks so much, Dawn Lucy x (And yes I've now liked up, thank you!!)

  31. 4 January 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Beautiful bracelet! Happy anniversary!

    I hope you'll feel better soon!

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:48 am

      Thank you so much Andrea, I already am I'm glad to say xx

  32. 4 January 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Good luck Catherine, you've got my vote! Love your bracelet – it's so pretty and that colour will go with such a lot too. Blazer, boots and jeans are so cool on you. Lovely post. Thanks for the link up party x
    Anna's Island Style

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:48 am

      The bracelet is definitely quite a "neutral" pink, Anna – so I think you're right, it will! Thank you my lovely, your support is much appreciated! xx

  33. 4 January 2016 / 5:02 pm

    Again, Happy Anniversary to you an Keith!
    I love the thoughtful gift, it is beautiful and very special. Your entire look is very soft and your new hair suits you so well (although I loved your long hair!!)
    I am sorry you are still in pain and do hope you will get better soon…

    Big hug,
    Annette | Lady of Style

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:46 am

      Thank you so much, Annette – I'm definitely feeling the love from everyone for my hair :)))

  34. 4 January 2016 / 4:57 pm

    Love that blazer! And the bracelet is beautiful too! πŸ™‚

  35. 4 January 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Voted, very best of luck. Thought I'd mention – the link to vote worked but the image didn't, seemed to just take me to pinterest. May work for others but wanted to flag up in case that helps.

    • 4 January 2016 / 4:50 pm

      Thanks Claire so much – I think what you've done is clicked on the "Pin me" link right in the middle of the image which appears when you hover over any image. So the correct link IS on the image, you just have to make sure you don't click on the "Pin me" text instead!

  36. 4 January 2016 / 4:30 pm

    Congratulations Catherine! What a lovely present too, that's much nicer than a tin of baked beans πŸ˜‰

    My husband and I don't buy anniversary gifts for each other, we're usually on holiday and that sort of counts as a joint present to each other, but now that we're recently married I might have to start a tradition of sorts! First year's paper, so that's easy!

    Happy New Year xx

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:45 am

      Haha though if he HAD presented me with a tin of peaches (as a joke) he would have been doubly justified, Porcelina, as I've been saying how I love everything peach right now!! Thank you sweetie πŸ™‚

  37. 4 January 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Hi Catherine!
    Happy 2016. Hope you are feeling well soon, and love the sparkly bracelet. The color of the sweater is so lovely.. right up my alley that soft pink. Love how it picks up the color that is in your colorblock bag. Very pretty!!
    jess xx

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:43 am

      Thank you Jess, and yes I think I'm finally on the road to recovery at last….!

  38. 4 January 2016 / 3:35 pm

    What a great casual look! I wish you all the best for 2016 and hope your leg heals soon, too. PS: my hubby and I celebrate our anniversary just before Christmas, and we usually spend it on the plane. Which is somewhat fitting as our wedding reception was at the airport…

    • 10 January 2016 / 12:37 am

      I'm surprised how many people celebrate wedding anniversaries around Christmas, Tiina…! And thank you, the leg is def. on the mend :))

  39. 4 January 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Oh!! Your new anniversary bracelet is sooo pretty, dearest Catherine…and a perfect match for that snuggly pink teddybear sweater!! Kudos to the hubby for sure!! πŸ˜€ I'm very happy that you were able to celebrate your 10th with a family lunch, but really sorry to hear how painful you still are; as you know, I've had first-hand experience with the frustration of a leg injury…and I'm continuing to send as much "heal fast" energy your way as I possibly can!! XOXO P.S. Robin and I don't usually do big gifts for each other either…and since we purchased our new home back in September, we joke that we probably won't be doing any gifting AT ALL for the next 20 years or so!!


    • 10 January 2016 / 12:32 am

      I think your heal fast energy has reached me this week, Monika – thank you! And what better present to each other than a house, it's probably the ultimate, isn't it…?!! x

  40. 4 January 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Catherine, This is such a wonderful and casual look, love this blazer! Happy 2016, hope you started off well, all the best best to you and your hubs. Love, Kirsten xx


    • 10 January 2016 / 12:30 am

      That's so sweet of you to say, Kirsten – thank you!! And a very HNY to you too x

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