What not to wear?

Need help choosing clothes for work like me?

I hate clothes shopping and I’m terrible at it but I’m loving Polyvore.  I’m incapable of coordinating outfits which has resulted in an entire wardrobe full of stuff that doesn’t go together.   If the Sales are on with racks and racks of cheap tat, I panic and walk out.  I recently went to an event wearing the following outfit, a friend who lacks frontal screening and was slightly inebriated (totally mullered) exclaimed upon first seeing me ‘you look like a child who put on all their favourite clothes this morning’.  I couldn’t argue with him really.

Denim and camouflage outfit for women Autumn 2013

Where the problem starts

I prefer to walk into a shop to find a fully dressed mannequin wearing exactly what I’m looking for and if I can afford it I will buy it.  I do like flipping through catalogues, folding the pages that catch my attention but hate catalogues that have items individually (e.g a page of jeans) listed on the page without showing how they go with other stuff.   What am I supposed to do with that.  The same goes for websites.   It’s amazing how many sites don’t have ‘Look Books’   for inspiration for those of us who are fashionably challenged.

Alternatively, I’ve been known to corner the young shop assistants for their help saying ‘I have so and so to go to, what should I wear?’ which has worked well in the past, however, on occasions, they have persuaded me to buy something that was totally unsuitable, never got worn and is still hanging in the wardrobe with tags on it.  I’m in my 40s for fat snakes!

This is why I like Polyvore, I came across it awhile back.  Besides being an online clothing store it also has the facility that you can create your own sets, allowing you to put together outfits.  What’s even better is that you don’t have to stick to the clothes on their site.  You can add a button to your tool bar, so in future, when you are surfing the web looking for clothes you can ‘clip to Polyvore’.   So, if you find an outfit online (e.g. Pinterest, Fashion Sites, Tumbler) that you like, you can try to recreate it using this tool.

Creating outfits online

And if you’re still not sure if the outfit works you can always share it on your social networks and ask your friends for advice like I did.

Autumn/ Winter Work Outfits 2013

Luckily for work I don’t have to be suited and booted, however, it would be frowned upon if I wore jeans.  So, I’ve been looking for Autumn/Winter Clothes for 2013.  I still have a long way to go, but here are two that I put together so far.  I was attempting to use some of the items I already had in the wardrobe.

Women's Fashion Autumn/Winter 2013


Women's Fashion August/Winter 2013


How am I doing?  Be honest.  I’d still love to find a way to wear my camouflage jeans to work if anyone has any ideas.  Happy shopping and be prepared to lose a few hours of your life.



Christmas Day?

I’m really struggling with what to do for Christmas Day.  My family are in Canada and hubby’s family is deceased.  So on Christmas day it is just the 3 of us. Too be honest it can be a bit boring, as all our friends are busy with their families.

The morning is fine.  We get up open our presents and now that Madame is 3 she’s much more excited about Christmas it should be magical.  Then we’ll have some breakfast: salmon, bagels, creamcheese, and scrambled eggs.  I may sneak in some Champagne and orange juice or maybe Bailey’s and coffee.  Then we head out to the pub for a couple of hours to enjoy a drink or two courtesy of the Landlord.

However, it’s the afternoon that is the challenge.  I can’t be bothered cooking a slap up meal for just the 3 of us.  I know it’s just a Sunday Roast with a few poppers and Christmas crackers but it is a lot of effort.

Last week we were invited to the 5* Anthenaeum Hotel in London to celebrate the opening of their children’s themed play room in conjunction with promoting their Christmas Package; Where guests who stay for three nights between 19th November and 4th January will receive complimentary ice skating tickets to Winter Wonderland, VIP afterhours access to Hamleys, four hours of free babysitting and they have a Children’s Concierge. I have to say the four hours of free babysitting nearly swung it for me.

If we could do one night I could justify it, unfortunately you have to do a minimum of two nights.  My husband would have a coronary if I spent £700 for two nights.  However, I did have a look around on the internet and one local to us is charging £2000 for 3 nights so it actually looks like a great deal!

So, in the end, I think we will book into a local pub for lunch or I will make hubby cook!

What are you doing over Christmas?

Disclosure: we received 3 complimentary VIP tickets to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and High Tea at the Hotel