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Wardrobe Work Out – Jeans

10 May

I just had a look at some of my blog stats – what a depressing exercise! Whilst I may not have a huge readership as yet at least i’m giving it a go. It might however be time to read some books/articles/general advice on blogging and how to attact readership. I have to be honest and say that I don’t totally understand categories and tags so may not be using them to their full potential….

Its a fashion blog today. I was inspired by one of my favourite Style Bloggers – Beth Goodrham to conduct a wardrobe clear out and sort. Beth Goodrham Style Guile Pre-motherhood I did this 2/3 times a year when the seasons were changing and kept everything organised in work and home wardrobes. Very organised. Since the babe arrived things have been a little less clear, not least because my need for a casual home wardrobe has overtaken my previous need for smart work clothes and heels.

I have elected to make my two wardrobes distinct to “home” and “work” with the both being organised into grabbable (i know thats not a word) outfits. I know all this sounds a bit neat freak but I had a reputation for always being beautifully put together before I had the babe and am reluctant to lose this lovely accolade based on time constraints!

As I have mentioned before I love Hush loungewear for my mummy wardrobe and they have assisted me in starting to sell their clothes in lovely outfit bundles! Inspiration indeed! Hush Bundles

What has become clear in the sorting element of the excercise is that my jeans are in a terrible state and as a majority of my time is spent in them it seems advisable to have great jeans! I think as I came out of maternity jeans back into regular I opted for comfort and fashion over long term wearability with fashion credentials. Donna Ida has put me back on the map! For those who haven’t come across Donna Ida they are a specialist denim online retailer with stylists and great searching capability by body shape. http://www.donnaida.com/ I’m dedicating todays post to the jeans on the shortlist. I have ordered or sent my husband who works in London to purchase them all and will report back on whats good and whats not. I’ll blog later in the week on how I get on sorting the wardrobe into outfits – with pics of course!

All my jeans are skinny I’m afraid but all very wearable and hopefully long lasting. Some of the photos aren’t great so I’ve included links too.

First up the Donna Ida offering. James JeansThey are by James Jeans and at half price in the sale a slightly more manageable £100. Whilst not the traditional blue I thought the colour very wearable for dress up or down.

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Next up a surprise entry from Abercrombie & Fitch. I have never attempted to buy jeans here before partly because you can’t see anything in the dimly lit shop and partly because I’m probably a bit older than their target demographic! However, the hubby buys his jeans there so he offered to pick me some up when he was in London. I went for their Super Skinnies in the regular wash as seen below. We’ll have to see what they are like on before making further comment.

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Next a sample of one if my favourite casual brands Maison Scotch. I have a lot of their tops and a couple of pairs of Chino‘s but have never tried the jeans. I had to order them as my local stockist Fenwick didn’t have the size I needed. From seeing them in the flesh in store however they seems to be a good quality skinny with a nice bit of detail. The proof is in the fit.

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Last, and certainly least in terms of price, are a new pair of Topshop Leigh Jeans. I lived in these last summer and think they are a great way of adding a bit of colour into your wardrobe for £38. I have to say that they are not built to last but they are almost like a legging so it’s not surprising. It’ll be interesting to see whether the pale colour on will be as flattering as the darker colours.

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I’ll let you know how I get on once they have all arrived from their respective retailers!

4am baby blues

15 Mar

I am writing this from my office work station whilst desperately trying to stay awake. I am fully aware that I am not the first mother in history to be up in the night with her child but the combination of events yesterday, overnight and this morning has left me a little underpar.

Thanks to organisational incompetence I had no laptop provided on my return from maternity leave which means that I now have to wait about two weeks to log on from home and complete anything that overlaps the 5pm hometime neccessitated by nursery pick up. I didn’t really anticipate this causing an issue but having taken a 4.30pm call that needed action in time for 8am this morning I ended up having to email notes to my ipad to complete overnight and email back for this AM. I went to bed early in an attempt to get a bit of sleep in before the hubby returned from London at 10.30pm. I then slept on and off from 11pm whilst the monitor amplified the babe’s coughs until 4am when she gave up attempting to settle herself and just started to cry.

I can only guess that her recent transition to the childminder three days a week has left her feeling a little clingy but since she is feeling rubbish (and I am missing my cuddles) I was happy to give her a snuggle and put her back down to sleep. This would not suffice and each time I transferred her from my arms back to the cot she went back to high pitched screeching “Mama, Mama”. At 5am I gave up and let her sleep on me in the rocking chair whilst I snoozed and my feet turned to ice. Assured she was out for the count I put her in her cot just as the hubby’s 5.45am alarm went off for his trip to Leeds. As I was getting up at 6.30am anyway, it seemed pointless to go back to sleep.

The babe who usually sleeps till 7am ish was still flat out at 7.30am thanks to her 4am antics so I had to wake her from peaceful slumber to get to the childminder for 8am and the last of my challenges for 8.30am:- A four hour sales training session. Thankfully the babe seemed a little happier to be left this morning and only started to screech after 5mins smiling…we’ll get there.

In all fairness to the trainer, he ran a good session that seemed to engage even the most world weary of consultants but I fear my bubbly, “always there with a question”, alter ego didn’t make it.

I will however stop complaining. I realise I am very lucky to have a 3 day working week, a lovely childminder who the babe really likes and a hubby who provides the means to let me only work three days. A lucky girl really.

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Maternity Skinnies

One for the pregnant fashionistas out there today. When I was pregnant I was hugely frustrated by the lack of normal looking clothes available for the soon to be Mum. I am a skinnies, flats and long line tee kind of a girl off duty and found only wide leg or bootcut jeans available with lovely under the bump stretchyness. Thank goodness for Topshop! I have their Moto Leigh supersoft stretch skinny jeans in all colours from their non-maternity range. They are more substantial than leggings but not as restrictive as proper jeans and go with everthing in my wardrobe. And they do exactly the same ones in their maternity range just with a big elasticated under bump band. Very comfy and no fashion compromise.

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I bought two pairs of the black ones in the late stages of my pregnancy and wore them in my corporate office with French Sole ballet flats and a decent blouse and nobody passed comment.

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