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My AW Essentials & WIWT

I've had a few requests asking for me to share my autumn/winter 'must haves' on the blog.  So after a lot of drooling online, with perhaps the occasional purchase ;-0 I've finally come up with a list of 26 items which I feel are great multi-taskers not to mention wardrobe essentials.  

So let's get started.  First up you can't beat a breton - perfect for teaming with navy cigarette trousers & ballet pumps as it is for dressing down for the weekend with distressed boyfriend jeans & trainers.  I've recently added the below breton to my collection & love it.  Loose fit (think boxy) & a decent thickness makes this a real wardrobe winner.

Boden Mariner Breton

Another wardrobe staple is of course the denim shirt & I just love the shade of the one below.  If you're brave enough rock with a double denim look but opt for grey jeans so it feels less like overalls.      Or dress it up with a faux leather pencil skirt.

Mango Medium Denim Shirt

Ruffles/frills seem to be everywhere this season & I'm just in love with the thought of a stand up frilly collar under a blazer.  This frilly blouse would be ideal teamed with jeans, a loose fit blazer & trainers for a weekend, or court shoes & a statement clutch for an evening or even dressed up with a pencil skirt for work or play.

Zara TRF Frilly Blouse

I love a boyfriend shirt whether its layered under a knitwear or worn on it's own un-buttoned at the neck with a statement necklace.  They're perfect for days when you're feeling like you ate all the pies or want a longer length shirt to team with faux/leather leggings to hide your bum.  The one thing I would advise is to try & pick one that doesn't swamp you & is long but a straight fit otherwise you can feel like you're wearing a tent (been there done that!).

Boden Boyfriend Shirt

Another big trend this season is lace & the Victorian style top.  Perfect for teaming with everyday jeans for an evening out with the other half or the girls.  Or for a big night out simply team with some leather trousers or wax effect trousers & statement shoes.  Heck it would even look great dressed down with boyfriend jeans & trainers!

Mint Velvet Victoriana Top

Of course knitwear come the depths of winter is a must.  One jumper I got a lot of wear out of last year was a simple grey chunky cable knit polo neck.  I'm pretty taken by the look of this neutral one below.  Perfect for snuggling under on lazy Sundays with boyfriend jeans & trainers.  Or layered up with a boyfriend shirt peeking through & leather leggings with biker boots.

Zara Sweater With Turtle Neck

Another piece of knitwear that is really useful & versatile is a long line oversized cardi.  I've had so much use out of my Rachel Wears grey one & have teamed it with jeans, trousers, skirts & dresses.  I'm loving how the one below has been styled too & will definitely be trying a long line cardi worn with a belt over the coming weeks.

Hush Nina Cardi

A dress that would be perfect for wearing with the above is this denim shirt dress.  I'm definitely planning on teaming mine with grey ankle boots, my oversized cardi & possible a trilby.  

Mango denim shirt dress

Moving onto leather & faux leather pieces next.  Leather & faux leather has enjoyed a huge comeback over the last 12 months or so with faux leather almost looking as good as leather itself.  So if you're planning on getting the legs out this winter then you won't go wrong with an 'A' line skirt.  Perfect for throwing on with thick tights & chunky knits you'll wonder what you ever did without one!

Warehouse faux leather pocket skirt

Leather or faux leather leggings are another great wardrobe staple.  Having tried a fairly cheap pair of faux leather leggings last winter I've decided to invest in some leather ones this season.  Of course price varies wildly but the below ones seem to be a great price.

Marks and Spencer Leather Leggings

If you're anything like me you'll virtually live in your jeans & will never have enough pairs.  I'm always asked where I buy my jeans from & for me I can't fault the fit, style & quality of the ones from Zara.  I have a few more expensive pairs from Massimo Dutti in my wardrobe to but for the price you won't go far wrong with Zara.  I don't know about you but I'm a real sucker for a little bit of detailing & distressing so naturally these biker ones are already in my wardrobe as skinny jeans are just perfect for dressing up with heels for a night out as much as they are for wearing with trainers or ballet pumps in the day.

Zara Biker Skinny Jeans

Another style of jean that I'd consider a wardrobe staple is the boyfriend/loose fit.  I just love them for more casual days & teamed with a biker jacket.  Or picture the chunky turtle neck sweater & a pair of trainers - a simple outfit that will look just fabulous.  Depending on fit it might be worth sizing down with this style so the jeans don't hang too loose or swamp you.

Zara Boyfriend Jeans

Moving onto jackets now & I'm sure I don't need to say I'm most certainly in the 'a girl can never have enough' jackets category, they really are a huge weakness of mine & something I don't feel dressed without.  

Now if you're looking to invest this season then there are two styles to consider, firstly a military style as that trend is huge & there are so many stunning ones that are taunting me to 'click the button'.  Something I have already done with the one below!  I just love it teamed with the stripes but equally I'm planning on wearing mine with the white ruffled top featured above.  This really is a classic & beautifully styled number that will be extremely useful & so easy to dress up or down.  I can really see me living in this over the next few months.

Mango Buttoned Jacket

Moving onto a more traditional styled blazer next, something that is never going to date or go out of fashion.  This shade of grey is just stunning for teaming with most neutrals in your wardrobe - black, blues, denim, khaki, winter whites & of course darker shades of grey.  Throw on with a classic white shirt, a statement blanket scarf, some casual jeans & the hi-tops I've featured below & you've got one really stylish outfit for the weekend.

Mint Velvet Flannel Blazer

Likewise a simple elegant grey coat is another fantastic wardrobe staple too.  Ideal for work, nights out or errands of a weekend.  This is such a classic & timeless style that you'll most certainly be bringing it out year after year.

Masculine Coat

Or sticking with the military trend then this is just stunning.

Wallis W Navy Military Coat

Another huge trend this season is the blanket shawl & the one below would be perfect for teaming with both the grey blazer & coat I've picked above.  I just love the wine colour teamed with the grey for adding that all important pop of colour.  These shawls really are perfect for adding that extra layer of warmth & equally look fab with a biker jacket.

Hush Blanket Shawl

Talking of adding another layer a gilet is perfect plus it can also be worn over a biker jacket or denim jacket too.  I seem to be adding to my collection of gilets & this year I've decided I need either a black or light grey one, although if I can't make my mind up I'm loving this one below, which is similar to a Zara one I have in beige & cream & always gets a lot of compliments on whenever I wear it.

Miss Selfridge Faux Fur Gilet

Another wardrobe staple is the biker jacket.  I've been amazed just how useful I've found mine since investing in a leather one & they really help toughen up a simple pretty dress when teamed with biker /ankle boots & thick tights.  If you're tempted but not wanting to invest too heavily then I really can't recommend the one below enough.  This is the black version of the navy one I've got from Marks & Spencer.  It really is super stylish & incredibly comfy - there's none of that restriction you can feel when wearing jackets like this as it's got stretch panels in the backs of the sleeves & the sides.  Plus it's machine washable so happy days!  Seriously give it a try I bet you won't be able to resist ;-)

Marks and Spencer faux leather quilted biker jacket

For all of you fellow dog walkers or school run mums a parka is most definitely a must have.  The below one might seem a little pricey to some on the market but when you work out a cost per wear basis it will end up owing you nothing.  Plus it's that little bit different with the wine coloured trim & super soft lining.  It's also more green khaki than the brown khaki colour of the picture.

Hush Fire Parka

Moving onto footwear next & seriously it's impossible to pin point just a couple of styles but I've limited it to four.

First up I just LOVE these high-top trainers.  I reckon they've definitely overtaken my trainer love & my ankles are most certainly loving them.  Plus they're a great neutral.

Boden High Top Trainer AR686

Of course in my eyes every wardrobe should contain a bit of 'Bet' & what better way to incorporate leopard print than with these pointed flat ankle boots.  Seriously these could be teamed with the plainest of outfits & they really take it up a notch or two.....expect to see these worn a lot over the coming weeks!

Boden Joni Boot

Block heels seem to be everywhere this season which is a big yay from me - so much easier to walk in & less wobbly I find!  I'm personally loving these Chelsea boots - style & colour wise.  They'd be amazing teamed with jeans, leather leggings & I plan to try styling some that I've got in a similar style with skirts & dresses this season.

Boden Chelsea Boots

With party season fast approaching then a classic pair of heels are another wardrobe essential.  I'm just loving this block heeled pointed court - elegant, high & relatively safe to walk in makes them a win win in my book.

John Lewis Kin Block Heeled Court Shoe

Moving onto accessories now & one thing I found incredibly useful last year was the fedora/trilby hat.  Perfect for keeping my ears warm but most importantly so much easier to shove on than try & do battle with a brolly & if helps avoid the wild woman wet frizz appearance that my hair resembles at the mere whiff of rain then it can only mean I will be wearing them a lot this season.

Hush Fedora Hat

Another item I can't get enough of are blanket scarves.  These are so warm it's untrue & perfect for wrapping up in outside or in the house too, especially if like me you work from home & don't like to have the heating on when it's just you in the house.  I also found that last year I was able to wear my beloved blazers more during the colder months when I teamed them with one of these scarves.

Zara Animal Print Scarf

Finally in terms of a handbag then some form of leopard print bag is another must.  I just love both the shape & style of this one plus of course it has a tassel too!

Mango Leopard Leather Cross Body Bag

Back to today & I'm wearing the Boden Mariner Breton I've featured above.  Size wise I went up a size to get a looser more relaxed fit.  This has to be my most favourite Boden breton ever & the thickness & fall is just perfect.  I'm just loving it teamed with the glitter slip ons :-)

My Midlife Fashion, Boden Mariner Breton, Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, Zara, Boden Glittery slip ons

Breton - Boden
Jeans - Zara
Slip Ons - Boden

Dressed Down Sequins, My Midlife Fashion, Boden Mariner Breton, Glittery Slip On Trainers, Mango Boyfriend Angie Jeans

Breton - Boden £35
Jeans - Mango £39.99
Slip Ons - Boden £49

So there you have it my 'must haves' for AW15.  Of course it's impossible to list everything but I've tried to go with pieces that could be intermixed with each other & would form a great capsule wardrobe.  So what do you think?  See anything that takes your fancy?  Or something you might not have considered a wardrobe 'must have'?  Or perhaps there's something glazingly obviously that I've missed off?  I'd love to hear your thoughts not to mention what would make it onto your wardrobe essentials for the coming months ahead.

Have a great day & see you in the morning.

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OOTD - Monochrome

Morning ladies.  I don't know about you but today I've got a really busy day of work ahead with a 'to do' list the length of my arm.  So I'm keeping my look pretty simple & layering up in my knitted oversized cardi with a plain tee, cigarette pants & my Zara ghille lace ups (by the way they had lots of these shoes in store in Birmingham last Friday if anyone's interested!).

My Midlife Fashion, Oversized Cardigan, Ghille Flat Lace Up Shoes, Zara, Cigarette pants

Cardigan - Zara
T-Shirt - Zara
Cigarette Pants - Zara
Shoes - Zara

All Black, My Midlife Fashion, Boden Coatigan, Mango Patch Pocket T Shirt, Cigarette Pants, Ghille Lace Up Flat Shoes

T-Shirt - Mango £17.99
Cigarette Pants - Boden Currently £44.25

Don't forget today's the last day of 25% off plus free delivery & returns at Boden (see here) & just to tempt you further my top 15 picks are here! Oh & there's 33% off all full priced items at Baukjen click here & use code BDAY33 & Wallis have 20% off all dresses see here!

Have a fab Tuesday & I'll see you tomorrow.

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The Fab 40s Do Fringing!

Morning ladies, I can't believe it's already time for another Fab 40's post.  I know I say this alot but time really does seem to be flying by at a rate of knots - whoever said times speeds up the older you get wasn't joking!!

Anyway back to today's post & for this month's theme it was Ann's turn to choose the theme & our guest blogger.  Ann choose the theme of fringing, something that seems to be having a bit of a revival at the moment with many a boot & bag, especially of the suede variety.  

Now I must admit I don't actually have anything that I would class as full on fringing hanging in my wardrobe so cue many an hour spent desperately trying to come up with something that would fit with today's post.  

Having decided not to buy into the theme (for now!) & purchase anything new *cue polishing of halo* ;-0 I've decided to cheat a little this month.  So what have I chosen?!  Well first off my fringe (yes I know that's scraping the depths of the barrel but needs must!) & also I'm hoping the ladies will let my frayed edge scarf class (very loosely of course) as fringing (ladies I promise next month I will try harder!).

My Midlife Fashion, Block heel chelsea boot, zara, navy blazer, boho top, skinny distressed jeans

Scarf - Zara
Top - Mango
Blazer - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Zara

Needless to say the rest of the wonderful Fab 40 ladies have done much better than me in terms of this month's theme.

Fab 40s

Shawl - American Eagle
Hat - NYC Boutique
Top - Anthropologie
Trousers - Diesel
Boots - Nine West

Fab 40s

Cardigan - Roxy
Jeans - KUT
Bag - Carlos Santana
Clogs - Zigi Soho

Fab 40s

Earrings - Market in Thailand
Glasses - ASOS
T-Shirt - Forever 21
Dress - Forever 21
Boots - Zara

fab 40s

Waistcoat - Leathertongue by Emily Payne
T-Shirt - Esprit de Corps
Rings - Kate Spade & Postmark
Trousers - Herban Devi
Boots - Shoedazzle
Hat - Australia

And finally our guest blogger this month is Norbyah who has a deep love of vintage & secondhand clothing.

Fab 40s

Blouse - Tory Burch
Jeans - Guess with DIY distressing
Scarf - Vintage
Boots -Shoemint
Jewellery - Vintage

And here's where you can shop my style.

Accessorising a Navy Blazer, My Midlife Fashion, Boden Chelsea Boot, Mango Flowy top, Zara distressed skinny jeans, Zara Structured Blazer, East Jacquard Scarf

Scarf - East £45
Blazer - Zara £59.99
Jeans - Zara £39.99

So are you a lover of this latest trend?  If so what have you bought - shoes, bag, both or more?!!

As always I'd love to hear your comments & don't forget there's still 25% off plus free delivery & returns at Boden see here & if you need any inspiration you can see my edit of their AW15 collection here.  Plus I've just discovered Mango have some items with up to 30% off, see what's reduced here!

Happy Monday.

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Boden Wardrobe Classics & WIWT

I don't know about I'd given up any hopes on an Indian Summer & instead I've been focusing on all the stunning new season stock pouring into store & loving the thought of snuggling up in knitwear come the cooler months.  Of course when we're in the depths of winter this won't seem so appealing & I'll be longing to feel the warmth of the sun but for now snuggly knits & layers seem like bliss.

Now I've been lucky enough to have been contacted by Boden & asked if I'd like to review a couple of pieces from their current collection. So with winter days in mind & thinking about what Boden do best - quality wardrobe staples that are not only beautifully made but fantastic wardrobe staples, I thought I'd share with you my edit of their top 15 wardrobe classics that not only you could bring out every year but are great multi-taskers too.  Plus seeing as today they've just increased their current discount to 25% off plus free delivery & returns I thought it perfect timing to share my picks!

Starting with this stunning denim shirt dress.  I just love the shape & style, which would be perfect for layering wtih a gilet, coatigan or even your winter coat as shown below.  Team with some thermal opaque tights & this would be a great wardrobe staple that could also be worn in Spring too.

Boden Denim Shirt Dress

Okay so this next top isn't exactly going to be warm but oh my how stunning is this for a night out.  I just love all tops that are wrap styled as to me they feel quite special to wear & the beauty of this one from Boden is that you haven't got any ties to add bulk at the sides.  I just love this berry colour but it you're after a more neutral colour then it also comes in black, navy & ivory too.

Boden Textured Silk Wrap Blouse

Another classic wardrobe staple that's perfect for layering & I've previously featured on the blog is the boyfriend shirt.  Available in this lovely shade of blue as well as white & pink.

Boden Boyfriend Shirt

Naturally a breton is a fab multi-tasking layering number & this one below is also a much more winter friendly version to Boden's standard long sleeved breton thanks to the thickness of the fabric.  I have this hanging in my wardrobe & just love it!

Boden Mariner Breton

I don't know about you but I couldn't survive winter without at least one chunky polo neck.  Perfect for wearing on it's own with boyfriend jeans & trainers or layering over a boyfriend shirt with leather leggings & biker boots.  This really is a style & shape that is never going to date.  Plus it's also available in black, grey, red & cream.

Boden Merino Off Duty Jumper

Talking of classics then a cashmere jumper is another great wardrobe staple & whilst crew neck jumpers are great, I particularly love the 'V' neck style as they can be worn on their own, layered over a round neck breton or teamed with a shirt.  Plus I love the idea of a more relaxed fit.....I'm thinking distressed boyfriend jeans, trainers & a biker jacket for a cool laid back weekend vibe & it's available in a whole host of colours.

Boden Cashmere Relaxed V Neck Jumper

Of course it's not going to come as any surprise to you to hear that I think a boucle jacket is a fab wardrobe staple.  I have to admit to my heart skipping a tiny beat with this stunner, which also comes in navy.

Boden Boucle Jacket

This next coatigan would be perfect for layering.  A great classic style that can be worn either belted or undone & you can never go wrong with some classic camel pieces hanging in your wardrobe, although I'm a teeny weeny bit in love with the hot pink version!

Boden Caroline Coatigan

Fast forwarding a few months & thinking about Christmas then what about this stunning jumpsuit.  Perfect for wearing on its own, teaming with a faux fur stole or even a cropped jacket.  Mix with different accessories & this really would be the perfect multi-tasking partywear piece.

Boden Chic All In One

Cropped leg trousers are just so timeless & elegant & perfect for wearing all year round.  Simply team with flats, court shoes (& pop socks come the cooler months!) or even ankle boots if you're not brave enough to get the legs out in the depths of winter.

Bistro crop Trouser

Moving onto coats now & a style that's not going anywhere is the parka.  Perfect for the school run in the depths of winter or long weekend walks.  Since adding a parka to my collection I wonder how I ever used to manage without, as seriously a hooded coat when living in the UK has got to be a necessity for our frequent downpours!

Boden Padworth Parka

Love, love, love these white trainers!  Another item I wonder how on earth I ever used to manage without & also an item my feet are constantly grateful for!

Boden Dana Trainer

And of course we all know how useful a leopard print pair of courts shoes are.  I just love the cut out detailing on this pair - simply stunning.

Boden Court Heels

And for everyday well leopard print flat ankle boots - quite simply love, love, love & also available in black or navy too!

Boden Joni Boots

And surely every leopard print shoe deserves a leopard print bag buddy no?!!!  Perfect for completing any look.

Boden Chancery Clutch Bag

So any guesses what I choose to review?!!  Well after much thought I went for the following.

Boden Joni Leopard Print Boot, My Midlife Fashion

Well I'm sure its no surprise that I went for these beauties as whilst I have a pair of fairly high heeled leopard print boots flats are another entity entirely.  I don't think I've ever seen a flat pair before (of course I could be wrong but I'm sure most are either high or block heeled) & I just love the shape & style.  Perfect for teaming with my collection of skinny jeans not to mention ideal for wearing with a dress or skirt as they fit nice & close to the ankle.  Size wise I went for a 40 (I'm generally a UK 6½) & they feel great on & not too tight across my toes due to the point so I'm a very happy bunny indeed & just know I'm going to find these extremely useful.

The second item I picked was their relaxed fit 'V' Neck jumper.  Having read the reviews online that the sizing was pretty generous I decided to size down & ordered a size 6 so the jumper is loose but in a tailored way if that makes sense.  Having chosen the style it was then a tough call as to which colour to pick but I eventually went for navy as it's just such a great staple that's a little less harsh against the skin than black.  Hopefully you can see from the pictures below that it's a stunning shade of navy a little bit lighter than you sometimes get & it feels extremely luxurious.

My Midlife Fashion, Boden Cashmere Relaxed Jumper

In fact I love both pieces so much that I've built today's outfit around them!

My Midlife Fashion, Boden Joni Leopard Print Boot, Boden Cashmere Relaxed Jumper, Boyfriend Oversized Shirt H and M, Zara Distressed denim skinny jeans, Chloe Marcie Saddle Bag, Pom pom keyring

Shirt - H&M
Jumper - Boden
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Boden

All About The Boots, Boden Joni Leopard Print Boots, Zara Distressed Skinny Jeans, My Midlife Fashion, Boden cashmere relaxed V neck Jumper, Boden Boyfriend shirt

Jeans - Zara £39.99

So what do you think.  Have you seen anything to catch your eye?  Do you shop Boden for your wardrobe classics or do you prefer their more patterned & colourful pieces?  How about my edit do you think I've missed something off that I should of included?

As always I love reading your thoughts & comments & don't forget Boden are now offering 25% off everything (excluding their Icons range) plus free delivery & returns click here to get the discount!

Have a fab day & see you in the morning.

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