Sunday, 29 March 2015

March's Wardrobe Classic & WIWT

For this month's wardrobe classic it really was a no brainer as this is an item I LOVE & own one or two *coughs* of!!  What am I talking about - yup you've guess it, it's a classic blazer & no wardrobe should be without a stylish navy one.  

If you don't already own one, a navy blazer is a fantastic place to start with your love affair of jackets - classic, chic, timeless & stylish not to mention hard working.  What more could you ask for?!!  Perfect for wearing to the office with a simple shift dress or capri pants but equally as useful for wearing on a night out with the girls/other half - team with skinny jeans, fabulous heels a statement clutch & a simple cami & you'll have a fantastic outfit that screams style & sophistication & is one of my favourite fall back looks.  Equally style with boyfriend jeans, trainers & a simple 'V' neck t-shirt & you've got a great off duty stylish look too.

So with Spring starting to raise it's beautiful sunny head (apart from today!!) let's get on with my picks from the high street this season.  Starting with a brand you know I love & who constantly keep bringing out stunning jackets/blazers to test my pathetically weak will!

The below blazer is everything you want in a navy one that's going to stand the test of time - single breasted, tailored, with gold buttons & a textured fabric to add that little bit of interest so you can keep the rest of your outfit understated & simple without looking like you've taken your office jacket & thrown it on with your jeans.

Zara Structured Blazer

If however, you're not a lover of brass/gold coloured button then Marks have a great simple single breasted blazer at a great price.

Marks and Spencer Notch Lapel Double Welt Pockets Jacket

Or how about this jersey one from Next.  Perfect for a more casual feel if a fitted blazer feels too much like office wear for your liking.  On an aside note I'm loving the great top they've teamed it with - I may have to investigate this further - image it teamed with boyfriend fit jeans & some trainers for an effortless weekend look, just stunning.

Next Bonded Jersey Blazer

Another classic single breasted one from Mango, which could so easily have the buttons changed if you prefer this slightly loose fit to the one from Zara.

Mango Classic Cotton Blend Blazer

Jumping up a huge notch now to this classic from Jigsaw.  Yes a lot more expensive but a navy blazer really is going to last the test of time so on a cost per wear basis it's going to work out at pennies!

Jigsaw London Fit Gaberdine Jacket

As would this next blazer, which is slightly more fitted at the waist & shorter in length.

Damsel In A Dress Norse Jacket

Of course there are also some stunning variations on the navy blazer front, that I just had to include a few that caught my eye, as equally they also make hard working additions to your wardrobe.  Plus with navy being such a great neutral a girl can never have too many can she?!!  ;-)

This first wool jacket from Next reminds me of my hot pink one from Boden.  Again a wardrobe staple that will stand the test of time & being wool is also going to be lovely & warm too.

Next Premium Wool Jacket

I just love this Jigsaw textured jacket, similar to one that's hanging in my wardrobe from Banana Republic.  The gold edging just makes this that little bit different whilst still retaining a classic look.

Jigsaw Textured Cotton Jacket

And finally how about this beauty?!  Yes a lot of money but oh so, very beautiful - navy, jacket & boucle it had me at navy, just stunning!

Marella Floc Boucle Jacket

Finishing with my outfit for today - simple stripes for a casual chill out day at home :-)

My Midlife Fashion, Stripes, Boden, Zara, Mango, Trainers, Boyfriend Jeans, Distressed Denum, Breton, Boden Everyday Jumper

Jumper - Boden
Jeans - Zara
Trainers - Mango

Dressed Down Boucle, My Midlife Fashion, Shop My Style, Zara, Mango, Boden, Boden Everyday Jumper, breton, stripes, trainers

So what do you think?  Are you a lover of a tailored navy blazer?  Do you own one & live in it or maybe you have one hanging in your wardrobe but never know how to style it?  Or is it just too work related for you ever to dream of wearing one other than to the office?

As always I love reading your thoughts & comments.

Have a fab Sunday :-)

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Wallis Marble Arch Re-Launch & My OOTD - Khaki With & A Biker

Happy Saturday ladies :-)  First day of the school Easter holidays & it's hubby's birthday today, which was naturally started in the way we celebrate all birthdays - confetti canon to wake birthday boy up followed by a healthy start of cookies & bubbles in bed.  Not to mention pressies & cards with the dog trying madly to jump up & snatch all the paper so he can consume it - mad just isn't the word!!!

Following on from my invite to the re-lauch of Wallis' Marble Arch store on Thursday (see here) I thought I'd do a quick show & tell.

Firstly here's a few piccies of the beautiful store & I must say if you're passing you really should pop in they've got the most helpful staff ever & the lady who was manning the changing rooms was just brilliant & so lovely.

First up lots of lovely shoes to tempt you.

Wallis Fashion Shoes

Wallis Fashion Shoes & sandals

Together with some brilliant pieces of jewellery, which would be just perfect for updating an old spring/summer outfit.

Wallis Fashion Accessories Jewellery Necklaces Bracelets Earrings

Plus some stunning kaftans.

Wallis Fashion Kaftans

Wallis Fashion Kaftans

Wallis Fashion Beach Collection Kaftans

Not to mention clothes.

Wallis Fashion

Now as part of my invite Wallis very kindly gave me a gift voucher, so naturally with so many temptations in store it would have been rude not to do a spot of shopping right?!!

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll have already seen a picture of my bags on the train home.

Wallis Fashion

But what was inside them?!  Well first up this beautiful dress, which wasn't actually inside my bags as the only one in my size in store had a slight snag so they very kindly ordered it for me online & its currently winging its way to me as I type.  I just love it, so elegant & timeless & it will look stunning dressed up with statement heels & a clutch but equally I already know it's coming on holiday with me to be dressed down with some simple flats too.

Wallis Full Length Black Chiffon Dress

Quick changing room shot so you can see how stunning it really is.

My Midlife Fashion Wallis Black Chiffon Dress W Collection

Talking of holidays, Wallis have the most amazing selection of kaftans & in my eyes a girl can never have enough as they're so lightweight & easy to pack, take minimal drying & generally don't need ironing meaning it's always going to be a win win situation.  If you haven't seen their Beach Boutique collection you really should take a look as they're stunning & look a lot more expensive than they actually are.  I took a few into the changing room with me including this one & this one (which even comes with a separate slip) but in the end I settled on the one below.

Wallis Sleeveless Printed Kaftan

Wallis Sleeveless Printed Kaftan

The next purchase made was a stunning pendant necklace which will look fab worn on its own or layered with some delicate chains.  Now I can't find a link to this online but it's beautiful.  Every one of the pendant's varies slightly in shape & colour which I think is brilliant as you can choose a colouring  more in line with jewellery you already own & it honestly looks a lot more expensive than it's price tag of £16.50.

My Midlife Fashion Jewellery Necklaces Bracelet Wallis Fashion

Plus I couldn't resist adding this cream beaded number into my bag as it will be great for tying in with my new necklace.  I can't believe these bracelets are currently only £4 each & available in 6 different colours.  Perfect for stacking come the summer but equally ideal for buying as gifts too.

Wallis Cream Rhinestone Bracelet

Finally Wallis also kindly gave me this lovely multi row necklace.  Fab for giving that layered effect without having to fasten lots of individual necklaces.  Although I'm currently thinking that as I have some spare clasps & findings I might take the lower necklace off & make it a separate necklace as I think this would go perfectly with my new pendant necklace above.

Wallis Fashion Stone and Charm multirow necklace

So there you have my Wallis booty, which I'm simply over the moon with.  So much so that as soon as I got home & despite it being a long day I just had to have a mini trying on session to show my wares to the boys!

Right back to today & keeping things nice & simple as despite school breaking up we've still got the karate run, then son has a party this evening meaning hubby & I get a date night :-)

My Midlife Fashion, Chinos, Biker Jacket, Leather, Leather Jacket, Tusk Necklace, Zara, Mango

Biker Jacket - Zara
T-Shirt - Zara
Necklace - Repertoire Fashion
Chinos - Zara
Trainers - Mango

Khaki With A Biker, My Midlife Fashion, Shop My Style, Biker Jacket, Khaki Trousers, Chinos, Trainers, Mango, Zara

Biker Jacket - Mango £119.99
T-Shirt - Mango £6.99
Chinos - Jigsaw £79
Trainers - Next £28

Right I'm off to continue the birthday celebrations.  Have a fab Saturday & see you in the morning & if you're tempted to take a peek at Wallis code NDAY30 will get you free nominated day delivery for all orders over £30 :-)

Don't forget to change your clocks tonight - I'm not looking forward to getting our son up for his newspaper round in the morning - to say it's going to be a struggle is something of any understatement!!

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