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Two Things That Sum Me Up!

So yesterday saw hubby & I celebrate our sixteenth wedding anniversary & despite being together some twenty years I can honestly (still!) say that I am lucky enough to (in my eyes anyway) be married to the best husband EVER, who also happens to be my bestest friend & true soul mate.  And if proof of the fact was ever needed how much he TOTALLY gets me then I think his anniversary presents sum this up perfectly.

Now this year I was truly spoiled as I got two pressies, the first one purchased from Zara (well I did say he gets me ;-0 ) & not only was it purchased from my favourite store (well I'd be lying if I described it as anything else apart from perhaps the place I know like the back of my hand!) but it was leopard print too!!!!

In fact it's an item of clothing that I've been umming & ahhing about for a few years now & whenever I see one when out & about constantly kick myself for having not kept my Grandma's, which would not only now be considered a fabulous vintage piece but a lovely reminder of such a wonderful & elegant lady.  

So are you ready for the latest addition of leopard print to hit my wardrobe???  *drumroll if you please*  Okay here goes......it's a leopard print fur coat :-D

Oh my, I can't tell you how giddy with excitement I was when I opened this & not only do I love the style (a straight jacket - as in cut not of the mental assylum variety....I don't think my obsession has got to that stage yet!!! Although it's a fine line I know) but the fur is soooo soft I just want to stroke it.  And now for a peak at my new love (apart from hubby, son & dog of course!).

Now I know this is a true 'Bet' coat, which I'm going to have to be careful to style (I promise no peroxide beehive or chandelier earrings) but it's going to totally rock with my boyfriend & distressed jeans & a simple shirt/sweatshirt let alone look fab with all things black & navy.  

Moving onto my second gift & I'm now the proud owner of this stunning J Crew coloured crystal bracelet.  Yes I know I'm incredibly lucky as I already own the classic version but this latest one is just as stunning.  The coloured stones are just perfect to wear this time of year & as the links are of a smaller less chunky size to my other bracelet I think they'll look stunning worn together.  

So before I start making you all sick with more sweet nothings about my wonderful hubby I thought I'd stick with the theme of leopard print for this blog & pick out my selection of the best leopard print coats currently out there in the hope you fancy joining me with this trend this winter.

Of course you don't need a crystal ball to know that simply anything leopard print is HUGE this season & what better way to embrace the trend (other than wearing it from head to toe.....!) than to invest in a statement coat.

Now if you don't fancy the teddy bear variety like my coat how about this double breasted number from Zara which is a more subtle colour palette & would look very elegant for work, rest & play.

Another different colour way is this gorgeous coat from Mango, which looks simply stunning with the distressed jeans & loafers.

For those looking to sneak a coat purchase in with your food shop then what about this fab number from Tesco?  I love the stand up collar & general design & having seen a lovely & very stylish lady on Avenue57 wear it, can confirm it looks AMAZING, so is definitely worth a detour when grocery shopping & so much more fun than spuds & veg ;-)

A similar style coat to the Tesco one but with a shirt collar & three quarter length sleeves is this fab leopard print coat from Topshop & it really embraces the cocoon design that's also huge this winter too.

Next up a coat I've already featured on the blog is this stunning number from Mint Velvet, which is also available in grey & has a slight biker feel with the zip detailing.

I'm also totally in love with this stunning one from Gemini Woman, which has the most stunning metallic gold thread running through it just simply gorgeous & so warming on the skin.  I think it would look super stylish teamed with a fabulous little black dress & accessories for a special occasion maybe a winter wedding not to mention dressed down with a black polo & some cigarette pants.

And finishing with this teddy styled jacket from French Connection, which would look as great dressed down as it would teamed with a suit or separates for the office.

Finally stepping away from the leopard print, here's a round up of what I've been wearing these last few days including my outfit from last night when we went out for a wonderful celebratory meal & the odd glass or two of bubbles.

Outfit One

Leather Biker Jacket - Zara
Leopard Print Sweater - Zara
Leather Cuff -  Massimo Dutti
Boyfriend Jeans - Zara
Belt - Massimo Dutti
Court Shoes - Zara

Outfit Two

Necklace - Zara
Shirt - Zara
Jacket - H&M
Bracelet - J Crew
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Oasis

Outfit Three

Leather Biker Jacket - Zara
Scarf - Zara
Shirt - Zara
Belt - Banana Republic
Bracelet - J Crew
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Zara

Outfit Four

Tuxedo Jacket - Zara
Necklace - J Crew
Bracelet - J Crew
Top - Gemini Woman
Faux Leather Leggings - Zara
Shoe Boots - Next

Outfit Five

Scarf - Zara
Jumper - Primark
Combats - Zara
Bracelet - J Crew
Leopard Print Ballet Pumps - Dune

Right a quiet day ahead for me, after a late one last night which featured lots of bubbles.....I can hear the sofa calling already.

Enjoy your Sunday & see you in a few days.  Oh & for those of you wondering what I look like I had my first ever photo shoot on Friday.....pictures will be released soon I promise!!

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  1. Luck you, Jane! Gorgeous gifts! I saw the Tesco one this morning and I can confirm that it is gorgeous! If it had been browns rather than greys and blacks I'd have snapped it up! Lynne x

    1. Ooh yes I can just see you in a brown version Lynne....perhaps they'll bring one out ;-) x

  2. Happy Anniversary!! Great gifts you lucky lady! I have the Mango coat and LOVE it - love the grey - it's super warm too! xx

    1. Thanks Joanna & yes I'm definitely a VERY lucky lady. Looking forward to seeing how you style your Mango coat x

  3. Perfect pressie's!! Fabulous coat......your hubby has done so well! And love your bracelet too!!
    I need some more Bet in my life! I love the French Connection Teddy coat! That might have to go on my Christmas list! x

    1. I can just see you in the French Connection coat Michelle & yes you need to come over to the 'Bet' side ;-) xx

  4. What fab pressies you must have a wonderful OH xx

  5. Congratulations to you both. How fab your pressies are!! just perfect for you Jane xxx

  6. Perfect gifts. I think your' husband needs to start a blog, for our husbands to read, on being attentive!! I love your recent looks too. x

    1. Thanks Helen....lol at hubby becoming a blogger, not sure what he'd think of the challenge although if it was about Space & rockets then he'd be jumping at the chance.....anyone fancy a blog on how to style an astronaut suit?!!! ;-) xx

  7. I love the tartan scarf from Zara. You have great style.

    1. Thank you, must admit I'm hopeful that the tartan scarf is going to keep me nice & toasty this winter! x


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