Friday, 18 January 2013

Mum on the Run - Dashing around London in GAP and All Saints plus a little gem for you from J Crew

Yesterday saw me taking a trip to London to work with a new brand - more about that another time!
It was an early start and with snow forecast for home on my return, I needed to be practical - which is why, having taken the p*** out of Jessica Biel for not wearing any socks with her All Saints shoe boots, I did the same - except my socks were in my bag just in case I needed them! Oddly, despite the cold, my ankles weren't cold at all, which is good to know for future reference - given that I am such a wimp.
Jeans seemed the most practical option, so I wore GAP (sexy!) boyfriend jeans, which were very comfortable, Zara jumper with a silky front, French Connection scarf, Cocinelle cuff, La La Rocks bracelet, Topshop necklace and All Saints shoe boots. They were so comfortable! I traipsed around London, minus socks and there wasn't a blister in sight!

I thought that it might be helpful to show the accessories at close quarters so here they are: French Connection scarf bought in the sale.  You know the other day when I said that the All Saints shoe boots were the only thing that I bought in the sale? Well I was wrong. I usually am.  Cocinelle cuff and La La Rocks braclet - bottom left and right - and pirate lariat necklace (Topshop £12).

Had I known the necklace was called that I am not sure that I would have bought it but on closer inspection there's nothing remotely pirate like about it, which is good. I only bought the necklace on Wednesday and really like it because although it's long, due to the way that it is fixed quite high up, it's not a swinger (if you will excuse the phrase) so it doesn't get caught in the dishwasher.

Given the cold snap, and the fact that I know that there are lots of tall (and petite) ladies out there who have difficulty finding a coat to fit, I thought that I would show you this down filled Puffa Jacket from J Crew (£214.60 reduced to £166.34) which comes in both tall and petite sizings. The taller size is aimed at women 5ft 9" to 6ft and the small one is designed for women 5ft to 5ft 4" - and has a slightly lower price too.
Tall wintress puffer
I know how hard it can be to find good quality coats, especially for taller ladies so, if you are on the look out for something to keep the cold at bay, this just might be it. Happy snowballing!


  1. i love the colours in the scarf - very lovely! not sure I'm brave enough to go sock free ...maybe after the cold snap! im a wimp! x

    1. Hi Applebypie - thanks re the scarf, the colours caught my eye too. Honestly sock free was fine and there can be no bigger wimp than me. I'm a 4 layers of clothing girl all year round!

  2. Ooh, your shoe boots are gorgeous! I'm off for a squizz at those immediately :)

    1. Hi! How did you get on? If you want sizing assistance, I found that they were almost bang on, if not ever so slightly small. Hope that helps!

    2. Unfortunately there was no sign of them on the All Saints website. I may be able to pop to Bicester Village for a look when the snow clears, I should have a look and see were my nearest proper store is too. Many thanks for the sizing advice.

    3. Hi, Happy to ask about them locally for you. What size are you and do you like the black or tarnished gold?

  3. You got my necklace! It's fab - I got it for Christmas…has come in v handy for lots of outfits since. Lovely scarf too Beth! Avril x

    1. Oooh, didn't realise that you had it too. Have you had it on the blog? Must take a peek. It's great isn't it? Looking forward to wearing it with other things too. Hope all well. Beth x

  4. Great outfit ... but no socks in this weather? You're nuts!!! Really like the jeans.

    1. Hi! I am pleased with the jeans so far and it's nice to wear something a little more relaxed than skinnies. The whole no socks thing was fine - like I say the spares were there but I didn't need them. I have no idea why that should be as I am an utter and total wimp about everything else!

  5. Fantastic outfit, really like the patter in the scarf.

    1. Thanks Iva and congrats on all your exciting news at the moment. Well done! x

  6. Thanks for including an item suitable for your taller readers but... a diffferent price! I can't believe that. It's hard enough to find anything to buy without feeling like I m being penalised for being tall. You should try shopping for someone 6ft or over with size 42/43 feet . You would really struggle to find any choice never mind any stylish, well designed items. Take a look at Long Tall Sally s offering this season. Abysmal.
    Ok, rant over!

    1. Hi Zoe - I agree entirely and you are right to rant. It's outrageous that you should have to pay more. I have worked with several tall ladies and you are so right, the choice is appalling. The quality of LTS leaves a lot to be desired. Time for a new brand on the block!

  7. Very interested that you're featuring something from J. Crew - I've had my eye on a few things on their site for a while... BUT they ship from the US. Shipping is reasonable at £7, but I'm wary about import taxes etc., and also the cost of returns.
    Some J. Crew items are available at Net-a-Porter, but prices are way higher... But maybe the difference is the same as what I'd have to pay in import duty?
    Have you ordered from them direct? If so, what was your experience?
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