Friday, 21 November 2014

Feeling A Little Wintery

Not so long ago when we were having some un heard of mild weather for this time of year I said I wasn't really planning my Winter wardrobe, I hadn't given it a second thought.  Well I'm there now, below 10 degrees doing the school run in the morning is freezing to me, I don't do the cold.  I always feel a little uninspired at the start of the colder months so I haven't done much planning, more delving into my jumpers and layers.  Oh and I always wear vests!

Cashmere jumper; La Redoute
Gilet; Zara
Jeans; Gap
Boots; Topshop
Cashmere jumper (again!); La Redoute
Scarf; Damart
Trousers; Gap
Boots; TK Maxx
I bought my 'raspberry' jacket earlier in the year from the Zara sale just as the weather was getting warmer.  I took a bit of a risk as it only got worn once before it went away but the risk paid off.  Apart from the berry trousers above, it has been worn daily and it has received so many compliments.  One lady on the train stopped me to say what a lovely cheerful colour it was on me, how lovely!  

Done up, I love the neck and the popper fastenings make it so easy
Great big collar when open
Jacket; Zara
Jumper; TK Maxx
Jeans & boots; Topshop
And finally, yes, I am one to share - this time, my thermal vest.  Thank you Damart for sending me a few, this being my favourite.  It's thin and inconspicuous with a little gold detail to make it more appealing when I'm dragging out the layers in the dark mornings.  I have actually been wearing it for a while (I told you I felt the cold!) and it's still as good as new after many washes.  I really recommend them.  

Any one else in their thermals yet or have I peaked too soon?!?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Holiday Snaps

I promise this is the last I will bang on about my holiday in the sunshine whilst it was Autumn here....(!) Despite loving clothes I do find on holiday I tend to not be so bothered about dressing up, mainly because it's too hot but also because I try my best to fully relax and forget about routines, work, lifestyle etc.  However there were a few decent outfits I wanted to share before I finally put the sunshine to bed so here goes.  

First up, probably my favourite TK Maxx find this year, my Moschino skirt.  It is so comfortable to wear and not too short.  I teamed it with my Cos silk and cotton blend t-shirt as it's a fairly smart due to the fibre composition.  I popped on my Topshop necklace (although I'm not a large jewellery fan on hot holidays - too much fuss, but I felt I needed something more for that night's meal out).  I ran out of time to put my black sandals on as their required some doing up so had to slip on my old Carvela gold ones, not ideal but I wasn't bothered - holiday mode!

I purchased this navy sun dress about 6 years ago from Topshop.  It has been dragged out every holiday since, despite me thinking it was a little too dark for holidays when I bought it.  The bonus about the colour is that no matter how much sun lotion or food/drinks/sweat it has on it, it still looks pretty good.
At the start of the holiday...
By the end - a little more crumpled! 
We had a day trip out to Bridgetown for a browse one morning so I popped on my version of a denim short (a proper jeans short will remain on my wish list).  These Tommy Hilfiger shorts are made of a lightweight denim/cotton.

Top; Zara
Shorts; Tommy Hilfiger
Bag; River Island
Sandals; Carvela
Everything always looks better in the sunshine, colours, diamonds.....I didn't purchase but I was very tempted!
A beautiful fabric shop in Bridgetown
Checking out the local bling
I've already mentioned about my Topshop Joni jeans and how comfy they were to travel in so they were worn on the way back as well.  I kept it simple with a loose breton t-shirt (I slipped on a vest  underneath mid flight!) and my Nike's again (but wore my flips flips to the airport).  I had a large animal print bag for my carry on as the girls and myself never travel light.  I hadn't planned on a monochrome theme it just happened like this!

T-shirt & Jeans; Topshop
Flipflops; Haviana's
Bag; TK Maxi
Next to Wes Hall (legendary cricketer) - the cardboard version, however he actually married my cousin!
Finished off with a little Duty Free purchase on the plane.  My Mother in Law and me decided to go halves as we couldn't afford the whole set then I was kindly told my half was an early Christmas present!  Lovely little treat thank you MIL x

Au revoir holiday, until next year! 
Love From The Carlisle's

Monday, 10 November 2014

The New Chelsea Boots From Hotter

I was so lucky to have been offered a pair of boots from Hotter last month to review.  It didn't take me long to decide - the Chelsea boot is pretty much a firm favourite this season.  I also felt I had a slight hole in my boot wardrobe for a pair of everyday wear, flat ones that aren't suede and can withstand the rain and children stomping on my feet (my youngest is very clumsy!).  My only decision was the colour.  Did I take inspiration from Victoria Beckham and go black?

Hell no, that would be way to predictable.  I chose their mink coloured version (please note, this colour is listed as 'grey' on their website).  It did take me a few days to warm to them as although I could clearly see they were mink online, I was secretly hoping for a more grey tone.  However, one not so sunny school run morning it was raining cats and dogs and I grabbed them and ran, literally.  I then popped into town and whilst trying on some items I finally stopped to take a proper look at them.  They weren't half bad, especially considering it was a throw on and run day outfit wise.

Shirt; Hollister
Gilet; North Face
Bag; Prada
Jeans; Gap
Boots; c/o Hotter

Yesterday I was off to meet a friend for a few child free hours so I decided to give them a proper go and style my outfit around them.  They worked much better with my (very old) jeans, the denim is slightly darker than those above.  I popped my hat on as we were going to be wondering the lovely High Street of Berkhampsted and I knew the Heavens would open.  I really need to wear hats more often, it did a fab job of keeping my head warm and my hair semi dry as well as being in the same colour palette as my boots, I felt it finished off an easy, simple look.

Hat; Vintage
Top; Zara
Jeans; Topshop
Boots; c/o Hotter
I ran out of time but on closer inspection my turn ups needed a little adjusting to sit better above the boot but hey ho!
Looking at the camera with a bit of a smile - that blogger pose is coming after nearly 4 years.....
I managed to pop to the Hotter shop in Merry Hill (West Midlands) whilst visiting a friend the other week and took a photo of the other colours available.  All of them are pretty great to be honest. There was a moment in the week I started thinking I should have got the black, black goes with everything but with wear, the grey seems to be getting better and better.  This boot is called the Shawbury boot and are £85.00.

The same boot in tan and black
Comfort wise, they are amazing.  On a par with my Timberland Earthkeepers which I always go on about.  I have also rain tested them (super important for the country we live in) and after getting completely soaked, they dried out quickly and looked no different than before.  I am under no obligation to recommend products as this is my blog however I do genuinely think these are super comfy and easy to wear.

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