Some Autumnal Staples.
Despite the warm spell of weather we are enjoying at the moment I know that Autumn is rapidly approaching and warmer clothes will be required , although to be honest I didn't quite manage to fully transition out of Spring into Summer wear this year anyway. I have gone through my wardrobe and had a jolly good old sort out. I actually have that slightly OCD tendancy that loves this type of task and set to it with relish. Making a 'will keep' pile, an 'e.bay' pile, a 'charity pile' and a 'that will have to be binned' pile. I then ironed and re folded/hung the keepers and put them away in colour co ordinated order. See - slightly obsessed. But, it does make things so much easier for speed and dressing in the mornings and clothes last longer if they are looked after well. I have already made over £100 towards my spend from selling my cast offs on e.bay - one mans rubbish is another mans treasure as they say.
So having sorted through and tried to be realistic about the things I need ( not want, ok want a little bit) for Autumn, I made a few purchases, mostly online I must say. My tops were looking a little tired and I have worn my skinny jeans half to death so could do with some variations. I always add a few layering items at this time of year too - I am definitely someone who feels the cold, although with the half a stone I've gained eating like it's winter over the last few months ,I should be okay! Bother.So the decision at first is to focus on topping up on a few pairs of skinnies/jeans and tops and Ts for layering. Here are my selections and some that I have ordered already.
1. I was sucked in by the colours in this.....A grey 3/4 sleeve striped top from Primark. It is a bit rough, although is 80% cotton so may soften up with some fabric softener. I am already wishing I'd gone for the one in Gap. It was more expensive , but 25% off. Sigh. Will I ever learn. I am nervous this will shrink and lose it's shape, but for £7 it's worth a try.
2. I got a black and white striped long sleeve T from Primark for £3. It will only really last me a season I think, but you can't complain for £3 can you? Cotton and Elastane mix and a lot softer on the skin with a nice bit of stretch. Lovely long sleeves which is often a failing for me in Primark so I may go back and get some more colours! Shock Horror! My first Primark success???? I will use this type of top for layering under cardys and jackets with a scarf or two. (Picture was too eye catching with the stripes!)
3. This gap long sleeve T. 100% Cotton. Gloriously soft to wear. Dark grey/light grey stripe. Love it ! £14.95, but worth every penny. A lot better quality than the Primark one and will last I'm sure. May go back for the blue.......
4.Shark Fin Biker Skinny Sateen Jeans from Gap. Love. So comfy. I will wear and wear and wear these. Almost certainly will get more colours, either in this style or the ones with the zip at the bottom. Lovely quality. £44.95. There is a 15% off offer online and in stores for Gap at the moment if you sign up to their e.mail. Thats me in!
.A part of my order arrived from H & M , although I was disappointed that the blouse was not going to arrive until the beginning of November! I am not sure I would have ordered an Autumn blouse if I'd known the delay! Anyway 3 items arrived - a pair of jeans - £7.50 before discount and 2 cardigans ( one taupe, one black) , £9.99 each before discount. I had a 10% off code and free postage on this order so got a really good deal. The clothes are really good quality for the price and again the sleeves on the cardys are lovely and long - always a must for me.
I can never enter the Autumn without a few new scarves and accesories and these are the first that caught my eye!
The Old Bag Company Scarf. £15. Whats not to love. Grey and white spots. Goes with the Old Bag. ( No! Not me - the 'Old Bag' I use for my swimming things!)
A pretty, on trend Owl necklace from Superdrug - a couple of pounds at most!
A pair of Cat's eyes Sunnies from Missoni . I got these from Brandalley for around £40!
I am also seriously yearning after some J Brand skinny zip cargos this season at £182.44. Also in Vintage Evergreen : )
But if I had to, I'd settle for the Zoey Triple Zip Skinny Jeans at £147.13......sigh!
Oh yes and finally ....
Can you guess what I got...........?