Wardrobe Addition-Vintage Arctic Fox faux fur

My favourite item of clothing for winter is always a vintage faux fur jacket or coat and I was fortunate to find this vintage 'Arctic Fox' by Glenn Models Ltd, an English vintage faux furrier.

I only found it a few weeks ago at a neighbouring town's St Francis Hospice charity shop and priced at £20, it certainly beats the cost of a new coat from the high street. Its great timing as I can wear it straight away-it is a touch oversized, but thats all the better for snuggling in and wearing with skinny jeans and a wool polo neck for a cosy winter look.

I'm wearing flat brown ankle boots and I think a plain outfit with this pattern of coat is all that is necessary.  My black skinnies are Baxter jeans at Topshop and were last weeks bargain thrift find for only £2.50, my one and only pair of black jeans!

Do you have a favourite winter coat or jacket that you will be wearing soon? I am hoping to visit all my regular blogger friends this week, with a comment hopefully too!!

Wishing you all a great week ahead!!


Thrift Inspiration, Make Do Style!!

I have not really been buying much lately, just a few vintage pieces for my stall at forthcoming vintage fashion fairs. I haven't kept up with my blogging very well either, time just seems to be galloping away!! I do read my fellow bloggers latest posts but have not been commenting, so sorry to you all!

I was in my local town yesterday and was really pleased to find this LBD party/evening dress-its a Christopher Kane for Topshop limited edition from September 2009 and for £14.99 I had to snap it up from my local British Heart Foundation charity shop.

Reading my lovely blogger friend's latest post today, Kate at Make Do Style is doing a blog post series on A Dress A Day for under £100 and todays post echos my sentiments too- a love of second hand clobber and that nowhere is off limits in the shopping world- jumble sales, boot sales and charity shops included.

I think my find is a case in point-where else would I find such a quality, designer collaboration dress for only £14.99? For this price on the high street, I may be able to find a party dress in Primark or Peacocks, but I doubt I would love it or wear it for years to come!

For inspiration on that all important Christmas season dress, do check out the series that Make Do Style is featuring, from High Street to Designer to Vintage, her picks will surely inspire you if you've not already found that all important dress for your Christmas party or evening out!!


Layering up-Missoni, faux fur and leather

So far this season I haven't yet worn any of my winter coats, instead I have been layering up and getting out old favourites.

I hadn't worn my Missoni foulard for a long while and its vibrant colours of purple, orange and gold thread will liven up a winter outfit. Last year I thrifted this faux fur gilet for only £2, which is a modern one from New Look. Its great as a layering piece over a leather or denim jacket and as you can see here, with a cashmere cardi underneath, I am really cosied up!!

Wearing Primark leather biker jacket (thrifted), New Look faux fur gilet (thrifted), M&S grey cashmere cardigan (thrifted), M&S grey skinny jeans, black ugg style suede boots, Gucci handbag (thrifted) and Missoni foulard (thrifted)

How are you keeping warm at the moment-are you in your winter coat or piling on the layers?


Falke tights at Tightsplease

I was really pleased to be asked to review a pair of opaque tights from tightsplease and immediately decided to go for this seasons on trend colour, rioja- a perfect wine colour shade to go with winter outfits in shades of berry, brown or black.

I thought I would wear my favourite black hunza style, 80s bodycon dress as a skirt to show the tights to their advantage and I'm wearing my aztec style chunky knit jumper and brown suede Pavers boots to complete this winter look.

These winter tights by Falke are absolutely lovely-a really comfy waistband, soft and warm-just like gloves for your legs!! Made of soft merino wool, they come in sizes from small to extra large and retail at £29.48, as well as being available in a variety of different colours too. They have excellent customer reviews and are a great winter investment-wearing them for the next 6 months will only work out at £5 per month cost per wear!!

A big thanks to the people at Tightsplease - they really are a quality product and I will certainly be wearing these a lot this coming winter.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend-keep warm and cosy, whatever you get up to!!


Jean Varon-70s does 40s tea dress

As you all may know, I love vintage dresses, especially if they're floral. I was lucky to find this lovely Jean Varon 70s crepe chiffon tea dress at one of the fairs I do. The dress dates to the 70s, but with the key hole opening at the back and batwing sleeve, definitely has a 40s feel to it and can be worn effortlessly from day to evening-with appropriate footwear of course!!

In Saturdays Guardian, Jess Cartner Morley is reviewing tea dresses and is wearing the infamous Miu Miu this season tea dress, which is totally gorgeous. She shows in her video what is on the high street this season from ASOS, Marks and Spencer, Warehouse and Topshop.

Of course, the tea dress vintage way offers the original real deal from the 40s or 70s and can be found either by thrifting at the charity shops or visiting a vintage fair near you.

Will you be wearing a tea dress this season?


Feeling Leopard print love for winter!!

I am such a fan of leopardprint, be it on coats, jackets, shoes or boots and when I was asked to review these leopardprint bootees for Kaleidescope, who not only do a great range of footwear, but also offer a range of ladies fashion and homeware too, I jumped at the chance!

I picked these ankle boots from the lovely range of womens boots available and I think they will be ideal for this coming season. Leopardprint is on trend yet again and these will prove a versatile item in my wardrobe.

They have a low kitten heel, so are perfect for day to evening wear, ideal for wearing with jeans or a pair of black evening trousers:

The material is velvety to touch and the sides have an elastic gusset too

I think they are the perfect choice for me and a great way of chanelling some leopardprint love!! A big thanks to Kaleidoscope for my delightful footwear!

What style of footwear are you chanelling this season-is leopardprint on your style radar?


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