Utility trousers and a huge scarf; an easy outfit for a lazy Sunday.

Such a lazy Sunday today, sometimes it’s just what we all need.

Husband off to sunnier climes on a business trip (it’s a hard knock life), so youngest two and I went to the cinema before dragging a very tired nearly teen out for pizza.  A certain someone had been to a 13th (non) sleepover and had come home very tired and grumpy – anyone who has seen my Insta stories today will have seen the hard cold facts of what apparently no sleep whatsoever does to a 12 year old.

These khaki utility trousers from Topshop two years ago have been a mainstay of my spring and autumn wardrobes.  So much so that I actually stalked a pair on eBay and bought those as well in case these wore out (have checked and there aren’t any available at the moment, but it’s definitely worth setting up an alert).


Scarf – Alice’s Wonders £13
Denim Jacket – Gap (old)
Tippi Sweater – J Crew
Utility Trousers – Topshop (old) similar here and here.
Grey Skater Shoes – ASOS (old) similar here.

I haven’t worn this checked scarf for a while, it was nice to have a break from my usual monochrome and actually wear a bit of colour. But don’t worry I’m sure it won’t last and I’ll be back to black tomorrow!


The trousers are from a couple of years ago and Topshop aren’t doing the same ones again this year, but they do have these – which are very similar, but with a slightly different waistline.


I also saw these from Fatface –  which is not somewhere I look particularly often, apart from for PJs.  They do THE best PJ bottoms!


They come in several colours; including charcoal which I am tempted by, and also in lilac which I am strangely drawn to, although I fear they may be a tad grown up for me (which is odd as I am 42 so you would think I was a grown up really!).


So a couple of options there – if I see any more I’ll be sure to let you know as I find I’m often asked about them.

Thanks for reading.

Cathy xxx



Spotted: Animal Print for Spring

Firstly, I suppose I should apologise for the appalling pun in the title, I just couldn’t resist. Love a pun, #sorrynotsorry.

Until last year I would have classed animal print as Autumn/Winter appropriate only – plus a bit out there and certainly not the ‘new neutral’ that I consider it now.  All that changed last summer when I fell in love with a pair of cheetah print skater shoes from Next, one of my favourite pairs of flats in my wardrobe.  Sadly now OOS, or I would be snapping up a replacement/spare pair sharpish.


Scooting round Bluewater yesterday I spotted a few fab pairs of animal print footwear in Warehouse – these skaters, which are a decent option to replace my fading Next ones (albeit a bit more expensive, but they are leather).

image (10)

I also saw – but don’t appear to have taken a picture of – this pair of boots which would be perfect in S/S with a denim shirt dress and then into A/W as well. Imagine with coated skinnies and an oversized sweater….


And these perfect pointed ballet pumps – ideal for Spring (please it is coming – isn’t it?).  I’d wear with top-to-toe black, or with distressed denim and a black silky tee; this French Connection one is perfect, comes in lots more colours in store – picked up a mink/grey one yesterday – not online sadly.image (12)

A great way to make animal print more spring appropriate is to go for lighter shades….these two colourways from the Alice’s Wonders Leopard Print Scarf range fit the bill perfectly:

Beige and Stone Leopard Print Scarf
Nude and Peach Leopard Print Scarf

And proof of my animal print  affection – went for the double yesterday.  The aforementioned Next cheetah skaters worn with my current favourite – the Beige and Stone Leopard Print Scarf.

photo (2)

A quick mention to the new Beige Fold Over Clutch in the first image on this blog.  An absolute perfect foil to yesterday’s animal print accessories, don’t you think?

New scarf colour way – plus a bit of end-of-sale shopping..

Exciting news!

The new Spring Collection is due to launch at the end of February.  Crammed full of some absolutely beautiful pieces – perfectly pretty pastels, subtle rose gold necklaces and some gorgeous spring brights, plus much, much more.  I cannot WAIT to show you all.

Sneak peek coming soon – watch this space!

In the meantime, ease the wait with a look at the new addition to the Paisley Scarf range. Delicate soft grey and pink paisley in the same lovely soft fabric as the teal and the navy versions, for just £9.

pink grey paisley

Plus, did a bit of end-of-sales shopping yesterday and managed to fill a gap or two in my wardrobe.  Not the biggest fan of sales shopping but sometimes it’s worth doing a last trawl just before the sales end as the huge discounts can make it worth the hassle.


The skirt is from Zara, I bought it earlier in the season but returned it as the sequins sat oddly after the first wear, but for the sale price of £9.99 I thought it was worth another try.  Not online but there were quite a few in the Bluewater store.

The belt and the shirt are from GAP and were marked £5 and £10 respectively….GAP had 40% extra off all sale so my total bill was £9 for both. Now that was a bargain worth trawling the sales for!

I’ve needed a new chambray shirt for a while to replace a much missed ancient one I put my elbow through. And who doesn’t need a classic black belt in their wardrobe?!


Also snapped up two of these fab sweaters from Mango. Down 60% to £9.99 from £24.99.

They are a lovely lightweight knit – perfect for spring.  Definitely worth a look – but I’d probably size up, I went for medium in the black and large in the charcoal…also available in certain sizes in beige, orange, navy and green.

Finally, here’s me sporting not one, but two, of my super sale buys, plus the obligatory bit of sparkle to brighten up a grey, cold day.  Snow, aaarrrrgh, snow – that is all I’m saying about today!

photo (1)

Grey Teardrop Necklace

Thank you for reading – would love to hear your thoughts on the new scarf colour….