Thursday, 31 March 2011
For once I was actually warm - not convinced that I am ready to lose too many layers yet though. Unlike many, I haven't quite mastered the art of stripping off to strappy tops as soon as the sun shines.
Outfit: Trousers Cos, striped top Gap, jumper Hobbs NW3, shoes Clarks, bag LK Bennett
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
On Friday I am considering wearing the above with some pleated black palazzo pants that I have just bought from Topshop. It all depends on whether or not I think that I look like a plonky head [a term invented by our eldest when she was about three, and used on a regular basis, to describe looking silly or like an idiot, or behaving in a similar way] - and if I do, the palazzos will be returned from where they came!
Outfit: Jacket Zara, Silk vest Coast, Glass beaded necklace Wallis, Shoes Carvela.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
I thought that it was time to give the navy lace Mango skirt a day time outing and so after the self imposed ban on navy, sequins and stripes yesterday put it with a navy sequin jumper (under which there was a striped top). My cream leather jacket is great for this time of year so that went on with the red shoes and navy patent bag.
Outfit: Skirt Mango, Jumper Warehouse, Striped top Jigsaw, Jacket Oasis, Shoes Kurt Geiger, Bag LK Bennett
Monday, 28 March 2011
Monday is the day of doing fun activities with our youngest, interspersed with various domestic chores. The day started off foggy but brightened up later on. By way of a change I went for a grey and pink colour combination. I played with the proportions by putting a longer top with a cropped cardigan which had three quarter sleeves. The outfit was pulled together with a scarf and a lilc longchamp bag. It was OK but I am looking forward to getting back to my usual stripes and navy - watch out for tomorrow's outfit!
Outfit: Jeans Topshop, Long sleeved top French Connection, Cardigan Boden, Scarf Gap, Silver trainers M&S, Bag Longchamp
Sunday, 27 March 2011
My trusty Cos navy peg trousers, which are a great alternative to jeans, meant that I could wear my denim shirt, which does a good job of keeping me warm. Double denim never really did it for me, I have to say. I layered a pink top underneath and added my new printed Zara scarf, which pulled all the colours in the outfit together. Turquoise converse and my oilcloth Cath Kidston bag were practical and colourful additions. Oh, and not forgetting the oh so cool knee length M&S socks - in grey! There are so many of us in our house wearing black socks that I have had to resort to grey so that I can identify mine easily. So chic!
Outfit: Trousers Cos, Long sleeved top Gap, Denim shirt Next, Converse Jones, Bag Cath Kidston
Friday, 25 March 2011
I had a great time last night at the Radisson hotel in Birmingham, doing a style evening with some of the city's top PA's. They were a lively chatty bunch, which was fantastic. Earlier in the day I did a Wardrobe Consultation with a lovely client. As we sorted through her summer clothes she pulled something out and proclaimed "Great, the dog's bandana" - I have come across some unusual items in people's wardrobes but that is the first dog's bandana that I have seen. Cool dog!
Today I did some shopping - for me! I have spent the last month or so shopping for everyone else but today it was my turn- not that I am wearing any of it below!
Today I did some shopping - for me! I have spent the last month or so shopping for everyone else but today it was my turn- not that I am wearing any of it below!
As it was such a lovely day we did the long walk to school and back, hence the converse. I also wore navy peg leg cotton trousers and my striped H&M top. None of earth shattering but it did the job as I truly was a Mum on the Run and a Mum in a rush today. Just so that you know, I am giving myself a day off tomorrow, returning Sunday. Have a great weekend!
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Shoes are always tricky at this time of year, so I have some suggestions for you of ones that are pretty, yet practical. The red ones on the left are from Zara - they are red patent and have a kitten heel and ankle strap. They are more limited in their appeal in one sense as they will only work for women with slim legs and ankles but if you can get away with them go for it! The ones on the right have a pretty floral print, a mid height heel and they are from Dune. They will work well with black work trousers, cropped trousers, jeans - plain skirts or dresses - pretty much anything really and will just lift the black clothes that you probably haven't yet cast off.
Hope that you like!
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
As it was such a sunny day I decided to wear my new sequin T from Topshop again. I was invited to be the guest speaker at a fund-raising lunch for St Mary's hospice and I wore the sequin T with my navy peg trousers and red patent shoes. As there was no one around to photo me (well apart from a room full of women having lunch that is) I took this photograph myself to show how I accessorised the top with a pendant and leopard print belt. Thanks to the lovely ladies who came along and thank you for the bouquet of flowers.
Outfit: All from Topshop apart from the necklace which was from Jigsaw
Later on in the day I decided to walk the three mile round trip to get our eldest from school. I swapped the trousers for jeans, the red patent shoes for converse and left the necklace at home. I didn't have time to change my navy patent LK Bennett bag though so that had to come along for the walk.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
I knew that it would be a long day and that I needed to be comfortable so on went the Oasis ankle boots, followed by the Whistles utility trousers. I added a cream lace top and black blazer to make the top half it a little more feminine and a little smarter. Hidden under the blazer for warmth was a pink cropped cashmere cardigan from Boden. For the walk to school later in the day I just swapped the trousers and boots for jeans and pink converse.
Outfit: Trousers Whistles, Boots Oasis, Blazer Gap, Lace top Monsoon Fusion
Monday, 21 March 2011
The weather for the day looked promising and I just felt that it was time to break away from the clothes that I have been wearing all winter - so I looked to my new Topshop cream sequin top for a bit of sparkle. Because it is fairly delicate looking I didn't want to over power it with a bold scarf so I chose a pale pink jersey one. I also layered a long sleeved white top underneath and a navy cardigan over the top. Jeans, coral converse and my orla kiely tote meant that I was sorted.
Outfit: Gap jeans long and lean, Topshop long sleeved white top, Topshop sequin top, Warehouse cardigan, Converse Jones, Orla Kiely bag online
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Outfit: Lace skirt Mango, Sequin jumper Warehouse, Patent shoes LK Bennett, Bag Miu Miu
Saturday, 19 March 2011
I knew that, being a Saturday, there was the potential for lots of different activities (the main one being tripping over endless toys as our youngest now empties out her toy baskets so that she can wear them on her head and pretend to be a scarecrow - don't ask!) so I stuck to the safe option of jeans, striped top, long layered top underneath and sequin trainers. The yellow and green stripes on the top, whilst not too bright, aren't the easiest colours to wear so I put on a scarf to break them up a bit. At least the oufit seems conducive to action - which is what it's all about on a Saturday really! Off to another style party tonight so must dash to get ready.....
Outfit: Jeans Gap, Long top Jigsaw, Striped top French Connection, Sequin trainers M&S
Friday, 18 March 2011
I knew that today had the potential to be tricky. After too many late nights I am tired (and it shows!) I had a meeting first thing and although I didn't need to be overly smart as it was a work meeting I wanted to make an effort.
I hadn't planned what I was going to wear but as I fell asleep last night I had the words in my head "keep it simple". So I did - navy trousers, navy long sleeved top layered under my navy v neck bat wing jumper. Can't get much simpler than that! Then I stuck on a long necklace, a bright coat and added my heeled ankle boots and Marc Jacobs bag - which I ought to swap but I love it and anyway I didn't have time!
Now that I am home for the afternoon with our youngest I have swapped the trousers and boots for jeans and converse and the necklace has long gone.
Outfit: Trouser and long sleeved top Cos, Jumper White Stuff, Boots Oasis, Necklace Jigsaw, Coat Benetton, Bag Marc Jacobs
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Today was an unusual day for me as I had some time at home. I did a quick gym trip, which was followed by a visit to Vintage Beauty to get my nails shaped and polished. The lovely Kally did it for £5 and it was definitely one of the best £5 that I have ever spent. You can find her at http://www.vintagebeauty.co/ So, I now have nice bright pink nails for my meeting tomorrow and my Style Party on Saturday night.
After doing some jobs at home (ie sorting out the rat man to come and sort out our rats - what a glamourous life I lead) Caroline from Caroline's Cake Company http://www.carolinescakecompany.co.uk/ then visited for a cuppa. If you need a special cake, she is the lady for the job.
This evening I am off to see our eldest in a dance production at school. With lots of dashing around and four children for dinner tonight, I knew that I wouldn't have time to change .
So, has this outfit done the job for me today? I reckon so - although I wasn't really demanding that much of it other than being warm, comfortable, casual enough for the day and smart enough to go out this evening - OK, may be I was being quite demanding!
The dress is comfortable and layering a long vest underneath stopped it from being too sheer. The addition of a black cardi kept me warm whilst the scarf just injected a bit of colour next to my face. I always like wearing my Reiss biker jacket - it just stops things from being too twee. It's not my favourite but it was OK.
Outfit: Dress Coast, Cardigan Hobbs, Jacket Reiss, Shoes Kurt Geiger, Bag Marc Jacobs, Scarf Cos
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
After all, how long do they need to get a school uniform on?
So anyway, last night I had decided that today would be the day of my shirt dress. I duly ironed it - I know, how impressive is that - and put it on with a stripey top underneath, leopard print belt and I started out with red patent flats.
I was distinctly out of sorts - the dress felt too short and the shoes were too flat. The tights were more of a royal blue than a navy but the ones that I had taken to change into after I had been to the gym turned out to be for an 11-12 year old. Not a good start. I could have cheated and changed my outfit but I wanted to stay loyal to the philosophy behind Mum on the Run so I stuck with it....and bought a pair of shoes to sort it all out. Well, what's a girl to do when presented with the shoes that she has been looking for for ages, that are comfortable, redeem the outfit and are at a good price? Exactly. That's what I thought too! The belt and shoes veer on being a bit matchy for my liking but there was no way that I was going to change the belt after buying the shoes. That would have been just a step too far! So, here are the shoes - bit of an animal print, bit of a heel, bit of patent and guess what they say inside - "softwear". Soooo chic! They will go with lots of things though so I am happy.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
Today I was shopping for the second of my Style Parties that I have coming up and in case you didn't know, there are some great sales out there at the moment.
I decided to give my Gap wrap dress an outing and I jazzed it up a bit with a statement necklace, which I then "unjazzed" a bit with a scarf. I added patent ballet flats, my leather jacket and my favourite Marc Jacobs bag (which has now dried out from its bath in Diet Coke - what a crime!) I'm not too good with flats but the proportions of the dress, in terms of it being fairly fitted but with a bit of "swing" in the skirt, meant that I felt OK. Even more importantly I was comfortable and warm - two things which, as you may have gathered by now, are really important to me!
My shopping trip was followed by a run and a cuppa with a friend before embarking on the various school runs and trips to tennis etc. All in all not a bad day!
Outfit: Dress Gap, Jacket Oasis, Bag Marc Jacobs, Shoes Clarks, Necklace TopShop
Monday, 14 March 2011
Outfit: Jeans Gap straight, Stripe top Gap, Sequin jumper Warehouse, Scarf M&S, Shoes Jones
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Anyway, I was out last night at a charity event and this is what I wore - a simple column dress which I had spotted in Zara earlier in the week. I liked the fact that it was so simple and not black. It came with a really pretty belt and as it had a high neckline didn't require a necklace. I was short on time in getting ready so the fact that it didn't need much accessorising was a good thing! Having now worn it for a night out, I think that I will have it shortened to wear on those long hot summer days (dream on) with some flat sandals.
Outfit - Dress Zara, Shoes LK Bennett, Bag Reiss, Watch Storm.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
On reaching the shed I realised that it had been broken into again - my, the commitment and dedication of the local thieves - but all was not lost. Fortunately the police had used the other side of our fence to put up a notice with their number on it, should we find that we had been the subject of a crime. How convenient was that? So, no more than sixty seconds later and the crime was reported. As we are "repeat victims" someone will be out to see us within the next hour. Great service but I do wonder whether their energies might be better spent three miles down the road in the heart of the city.
So, to the outfit. Having removed the boots that I was wearing for my earlier shopping trip I simply donned my apron and spotty wellies and I was done. Tres chic (or not) as the case may be.
Outfit: Gap jeans ultra straight, Navy Cardigan Warehouse, Apron Cath Kidston, Wellies Next, Scarf Cos
Friday, 11 March 2011
Outfit: Trousers Gap, Shoes LK Bennett, Shirt Warehouse, Blazer GAP
Thursday, 10 March 2011
The styling day was followed by cooking several meals and herein lies the rub - an extraordinarily large gin, made by our daughter - hence the dodgy photo. No amount of blusher and lipstick could rescue me!
Anyway, having told you about my day - let's get to the outfit: Jigsaw black jersey dress, Coral French Connection top layered underneath, Black Gap jacket, Jigsaw pendant, Hobbs NW3 shoes, Miu Miu bag. The outfit looks better than in the photo (or maybe that's just the gin!)
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
I wore my comfortable Oasis boots together with skinny navy blue trousers from Cos. I also layered two long sleeved tops - a breton one from Jigsaw (which I think are better than the Petit Bateau ones despite what the fashionistas say!) and a cowl necked one over the top, from Cos. I finished off with a fake fur coat, bright pink gloves and my favourite item - my pink spotty bag bought for me by my hubby. Top marks Mr G!
I felt cosy all day, comfortable on my feet and the gloves added a nice splash of colour to an otherwise fairly plain outfit.
Outfit: Boots Oasis, Trousers Cos, Striped top Jigsaw, Navy top Cos, Coat H&M, Gloves M&S, Bag Ted Baker
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Today I was talking at the "Women Who" lunch for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. I did a presentation on the15 essential items for the work capsule wardrobe. Everyone was lovely, as were the cakes, yum!
It was nice for me to have a chance to dress up as pretty much every day since I started "Mum on the Run" I have either been off with the children or shopping on my own - neither of which require the same sort of outfit as when I am with clients or doing events.
Today I decided to go with a bit of a nod towards the ballet look (I thought that the full on look might be a tad ridiculous) which is so big at the moment, thanks to Black Swan, and went for a chiffon pleated skirt from TopShop. I put it with a black silk blouse, a fitted cardigan, a skinny leopard print belt and court shoes. It was lovely to have a chance to dress up and to wear a pleated skirt - something that I haven't worn in years. It felt quite elegant (for once)! To stop the outfit from looking too twee, I added my chunky Storm digital watch.
We also did a bit of a Marilyn Monroe look but we were laughing so much that I look a bit weird - I said there would be bad!
Outfit: Skirt and belt Top Shop, Blouse New Look, Cardigan Hobbs, Shoes LK Bennett
Monday, 7 March 2011
There was a lot of pressure on today's outfit - I needed to be able to walk a long way comfortably; I needed to be cool enough after pushing the pushchair up hills but warm enough to walk back from school at 5.00pm when the temperature had dropped. I tell you, those stars in LA have it easy - constant temperature plus never walking anywhere!
So the footwear had to come first and I felt that it was time to dig out the faithful pink converse. They have served their time but they are still a firm favourite. Gap jeans together with two long sleeved tops layered on top of one another (one pink stripes, one plain grey) a navy v-neck jumper and my cream leather jacket did the job for me today. I also added a spotted scarf (which double up as mittens for the youngest on the way home) and a cocktail ring -which is completely out of sight! I got as far as taking off the jacket whilst walking but the rest stayed firmly on. Nothing could persuade me to lose another layer - not even the people wearing shorts!
Outfit: Shoes: Office, Jeans Gap, Striped top Gap, Grey top Jigsaw, Navy jumper White Company, Jacket Oasis, Scarf Boden
Sunday, 6 March 2011
The length of the jumper (ie fairly short) worked well with the waistband on the skirt, as it didn't cover it too much - which meant that the silhouette was neat. I also like wearing ankle boots with a skirt or dress as it makes it a little edgier. I think that my problem lay in the volume of the skirt - there was just a bit too much fabric. I have spotted another skirt in Zara which is slightly less full and I think it will do the trick. You may be able to see that I have mixed navy and black and I was happy with that combination.
Outfit: Boots Oasis, tights M&S, Skirt Zara, Jumper Cos, Bag Zara
Saturday, 5 March 2011
I don't know about you but I have this notion in my head that Saturdays will somehow be different from every other day of the week - carefree, relaxed, harmonious with me wafting around in a lovely dress and heels. The reality is so different. Saturday has become the day to catch up on all the other jobs that I should have done in the week - so I am really a Mum on the Run in its most basic form. Hence the outfit above!
Because my husband is also at home, the front door is often open whilst he goes about sorting out the detritus left in the car by the children during the week (bless him!) Or the windows are open, or the back doors and so it is just chillier than normal. I figure that I have two options - whinge, or just put more clothes on. This week I decided on the latter and wore my snowflake cardigan from Cos - I really love it, in a naff Wham (Last Christmas) kind of way! I think that it will soon have to be retired from my wardrobe until next winter, so it's good to get the use out of it whilst I can. The photo is taken in a shoe shop, whilst shopping for school shoes for our son!
However, we also had friends coming over for an early dinner so I changed my outfit to something a little more exciting. I kept the same jeans , but turned them up and swapped the shoes for some high ones with a flower on the ankle strap. I also swapped my top for a sequinned one.
Outfit 1 : Gap jeans, Jigsaw jumper, Converse, Cos cardigan.
Outfit 2: Gap jeans, Reiss top, Jigsaw shoes.
Friday, 4 March 2011
I felt like wearing a skirt but knew that I was likely to be cold whilst sitting at the computer so I went for the usual thermal tights. I also layered two thermal vests underneath my navy sequinned jumper and then added my long Cos cardigan for extra warmth. My skirt is tulip shaped and because it is fitted, I can get away with wearing a looser long line cardigan over the top without it bulking me out too much. I don't think that it would work as well with a fuller A-line skirt as there would be too much fabric.
All in all the outfit worked well and later on I swapped the skirt for jeans and wellies when in the garden. If I had had more time I would have dug out some other shoes for a change but Mum on the Run was running so as not to be late - so the red ones made another appearance!
Outfit: Skirt Oasis, Jumper Warehouse, Cardigan Cos, Shoes Kurt Geiger
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Again, comfort was fundamental to me today, which saw me reaching for my two tone heeled brogues. Flat brogues wouldn't work on me - I would feel a bit too police womanish but the slight heel helps. They also go really well with my "paint splash" dress from Marks and Spencer Limited Collection - which I love. It is just the right shape for me and whilst it is fitted, it is not tight. I also added a long pendant and, for when I went outside, a pale pink jersey scarf, a black blazer and my grey Mulberry bag.
Outfit: Shoes Dune, Dress M&S, Pendant Jigsaw, Bag Mulberry
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Outfit: Trousers Topshop, Sweatshirt Ted Baker, Boots Oasis.
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Outfit: Jeans: Gap long and lean, Biker boots Hobbs, JumperWarehouse, Scarf Zara, Jacket Oasis.