25 April 2016

a little lace number!

If you follow me on Instagram you will already know that I spent a couple of days away on a city break to Edinburgh. We were lucky enough to have some glorious weather and warm temperatures when we arrived. The shopping is brilliant in Edinburgh and with the sun shining......well it really got me in the mood for a spring/summer purchase or two! I can't take the credit for finding this little gem as it was my mum that picked it up! Mwah mum! You have no idea how long I've been looking for the perfect Victoriana-style blouse (yup....a few have been purchased which have duly been returned!)

Limited sizes left but the product code  is 0397893001 should you want to track it down in a store near you via H&M excellent customer service department. But! I've found a couple of lovely alternatives here and here.

Here's how I intend to style this little beauty with what's already in my wardrobe (where some of my items are past season and no longer available I've used similar items). Here goes...

My new blouse has already had it's first airing.....sign of a great purchase! ;0)

Primark cardigan, instore recently
H&M lace blouse, here
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
Topshop boots, via eBay, similar here
Anya Hindmarch bag, past season similar here

The usual outfit round-up from the rest of the week!

Zara coat, past season, similar jacket here
H&M shirt, similar here
Jaeger sweater, similar here
Topshop Cain jeans, here
Topshop boots, via eBay similar here
Balenciaga bag, similar here

Primark cardigan, instore 
H&M stripe top, here
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
New Look ballet pumps here

Here is a little insight into what I packed for Edinburgh.....with only a couple of tops going unworn.

Muubaa leather jacket, past season similar here
Primark cardigan, instore recently (£7 in the sale!)
Donna Ida sweater, here
Gap sweater, similar here
Whistles cardigan, similar here
Zara stripe top, similar here
Alexander Wang v neck t shirt, here
Zara silky t-shirt, past season similar here
Mango printed top, past season similar here and here 
H&M pleather leggings, past season similar here 
H&M ripped jeans, past season similar here
Zara ripped jeans, similar here
Nike Blazers, similar here
New Look stone ballet pumps, here

I wore this outfit with my Muubaa biker jacket over to travel in

Mango top, past season similar here and here
Zara jeans, similar here
New Look shoes, sold out

Muubaa leather jacket, past season similar here
Primark cardigan, instore recently
Zara stripe top, past season similar here
H&M jeans, past season similar here
Nike Blazers, similar here
Anya Hindmarch Gracie bag, similar here
Topshop snood, past season

Uniqlo sweater, here
Topshop shirt, past season similar here
Gap jeans, similar here
Hush brogues, here

Muubaa leather jacket, past season similar here
Uniqlo shirt, similar here
Zara trousers, past season similar here
Converse, here

Couldn't leave you without sharing another gorgeous little top from H&M I have my eyes on at the moment!

How many pretty tops can you justify in your wardrobe for spring/summer? I would love to hear! 



  1. Some fab outfit inspiration from your goodself there Michelle. And the blouse has been duly noted - I'm going to check that out in my H&M!

    1. Thank you Sue! I think with a pretty top the possibilities are endless.....and that's exactly why tend tend to end up with a few! ;0) I'm a bit scared to go anywhere near H&M at the moment as they are definitely seeing more than their fair share of my coin this season! xx

  2. Anonymous27/4/16 13:48

    Hi Michelle, I am going to Edinburgh for a family wedding this week end! Its forecast for snow ! I really like your style and need some advice on mine... I am a 40 + Mum of stay at home mum of two I've just emerged from a really horrible depression over the winter. I'm feeling so much better but am discovering that I have Nothing to Wear !! I've totally lost my style mojo. I don't know where to start. Whats the first thing I should buy to start building up my wardrobe again ? thanks Emma x

    1. Oh my goodness Emma! I really feel for you! An April wedding and you would expect the weather to be fairly reasonable wouldn't you! Are you sorted for a wedding outfit yet?
      Right, it depends on what basics you already have but I think I'd start with classic pieces that I wear year in and year out jacket-wise that would be a biker jacket, a green utility style jacket and a tux blazer, also useful is a denim jacket during summer when the early morning school run is still pretty chilly. For tops, Breton's are a winner all year round, a classic white t shirt, grey as well (I prefer v necks), denim shirt, crisp white shirt and grey sweatshirt. I live in skinny jeans but a khaki utility style trouser is a fab alternative and I do wear a boyfriend style more during the Spring/Summer months. Shoes....I tend to go for comfort and wear Converse most of the time, though I am partial to any kind of trainer....I'm really into the New Look ballet pumps I bought more recently. In summer it will be a flat, tan, strappy sandal all the way! If you would like any more ideas please email me myfashionable40s@gmail.com, I'd be more than happy to help and go a bit more in depth for you. I do hope you are well and truly on the road to recovery and have a fab time in Edinburgh....it's a gorgeous city xx

  3. Such a beautiful blouse, Michelle, and it looks as though it will definitely be earning its keep! Xx

    1. Gorgeous isn't it! Shame I have to wear thermals underneath it at the moment! I just know it is going to be an absolute wardrobe winner! xx