22 December 2016

a few of my favourite things.....

......and most worn items this season! I do declare it time to do a quick A/W review seeing as we are about to plunge headlong into the sales. I find it's a good time to look over the things I've accrued this season to give me a bit of guidance for what I might stock up on whilst there are some good reductions about! May as well just get stuck straight in! Topping the list of my favourite purchases is my M&S Limited Edition coat.

I am an absolute sucker for coats so not surprisingly more than one features in this line-up. This Zara Boucle coat has also been an absolute wardrobe hero.

I think we all tend to live in knitwear and jeans at this time of year. My favourite sweater purchase has been the Culture sweater I picked up on my visit to hi*hi store a few weeks back.

Link to hi*hi store here

The big surprise knitwear-hit has been this Zara cardigan. It goes so well over so many tops.....it's been perfect for layering up!

Next up are my beloved skinnies. My Topshop Jamie's in black must be the most worn item in my wardrobe. I can't recommend these highly enough.

Onto to footwear.....boy are these earning their keep! I can't believe I didn't buy them earlier in the season.

These Next boots have also been amazing.

The leopard print love has been strong recently as my favourite accessory has been this Next leopard print cross body bag!

Now....what I am surmising from this little lot is that my signature style this A/W has been fairly classical. It's mainly been made up from some standard wardrobe staples. When I look back at what I was wearing the most last year it's not that different. I had a couple of favourite coats which I could mostly be spotted wearing with skinnies and hi-tops. I may have looked a bit more polished by wearing boots this year. On the whole I think this round-up will help with my sale strategy. I'm going to stick with trawling for a few good basics that will see me through into S/S 2017. I didn't buy a great deal last January (yep....I keep a list of what I spend and on what every month!). My list is telling me that I bought mainly tops, sweaters and sweatshirts, so that's likely to be where my search will begin. Another area I aim to concentrate on is jeans. Having toyed with a couple of other styles apart from my beloved skinnies I now know this is an area of my wardrobe where it would be wise to invest my pennies on as skinnies are what I feel happiest in regardless of whether they are the style of the moment or not. I'll be kissing goodbye to my Gap vintage straight legs (and a whole lot more besides as I feel a gigantic purge coming on in January) as they just don't feel like me. I'm glad I've done this little exercise....I do hope it helps me to remain focused! 

I would love to hear what have been your favourite/most worn purchases? Do you have a plan for the sales? I'm all ears!

Outfits of the week so far.....

Starting with an outfit, well let's just put it down to one from the cutting room floor! I wore this to a terribly casual Christmas drinks party at a lovely neighbours.

Boohoo shirt dress, here
H&M lace insert cami, past season alternative here
H&M faux leather legging, past season alternative here
Sam Edelman boots via The Dressing Room here

Zara Cardigan, here
H&M Breton, past season similar here
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
Next boots, here

Zara coat, here
Wrap London sweater, here
La Redoute shirt, here
Zara jeans, past season alternative here
Topshop Boots, here
Anya Hindmarch Gracie bag, past season

New Look bomber jacket, here
Donna Ida sweater, past season
Topshop Jamie jeans, here
Next boots, here
H&M snood, similar here

All there is left to say is......let the bargain hunting commence!

I'll be back with my findings shortly ;O)



  1. Hi Michelle, what size would you suggest in Wrap jumpers? I'm an 8 but I like them a bit bigger to wear with skinnies; jumpers are my aim in the sales! I get obsessed by them in the winter! I love your coat collection so might keep my eye open for a bargain there too! Have a lovely Christmas x

    1. Hi Vicky! I went for my usual size, a 10. There is plenty of room to get a shirt (and vest for added warmth!) underneath as it's quite a boxy shape anyway. I am a nightmare for coats.... it's an area of my wardrobe I definitely need to swerve in the sale, my cupboards are fit to burst because of them! Wishing you a lovely Christmas too! xx