Belated birthday present

I have been moping around for the last week, and there is no better way to fix that than to go shopping, especially when you have birthday vouchers and new season arrivals…

I headed to one of my favourite havens of therapy – Harvey Nichols. I love how it’s a manageable edit of desirable items, a far more sedate and civilised shopping experience than the frenetic push-and-shove of Harrods (especially in the summer with wealthy tourist rush), and sometimes I get lost in there for ages just exploring rack after rack of beautiful things.  

Now is a perfect time to go, with the fall/winter 2014 collections arriving, and while I am trying to save for my big treat, I couldn’t help but wander over to the shoe department, and then browse the floors.  My eyes landed on this lovely jumper which had literally just arrived yesterday, and as soon as I put it on I knew I had found my go-to wear-with-everything piece for autumn…


This See by Chloe sweater is wool tweed on the front and sleeves and black cotton on the back. The best part is that it has pockets at the front, which I love!  I see this going with everything, and have mentally packed it for my trip to NYC this autumn.

I also succumbed and finally bought the Isabel Marant slouchy boots which I have had a sneaky eye on for ages.  I have baulked at the ridiculous price for these boots, but as I had vouchers and was in the mood – plus they now have a black sole instead of the tan/wood sole which I didn’t like – I gave in and bought them…and now I can’t wait to wear them.  They are definitely ‘me’, and I have already paired them with almost everything in my wardrobe from white skinny jeans to faded boyfriend jeans to leather trousers…I’m telling myself the cost is justified by how much I will wear these, even though they will be competing with my black leather Frye short biker boots and short Prada boots.  They are definitely different, though…

And now I’m looking forward to wearing my new purchases, plus preparing for my next trip….Andalucia…bought my tickets online for the Alhamabra today…I’m feeling more prepared for it now that I’ve taken some small steps to make sure I know what I’m doing as soon as I get there…

My motto still holds true: always look forward, never back!



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