The leather jacket – but not a black one in sight!

I adore a leather jacket – I always have – and this season there is an abundance of fabulously colored jackets to try instead of the tried and tested black leather jacket.

Let’s begin with top dollar on the high street – and some of the best leather jackets out there in my opinion – AllSaints.

The Balfern jacket is a regular style – a real classic. There was a baby pink available in the leather version which may still be available in stores but has sold out online. However, my favorite on me is the coral.

AllSaints Balfern leather jacket coral

The sky blue is really pretty – more of an egg shell blue.

Then there is suede – personally I prefer leather to avoid greasy finger marks – but this plait Balfern in clay pink is beautiful. It also comes in lemon yellow and luna blue here.

TheOutnet.com is always a great place to look for leather jackets. A couple of years ago I scored a gorgeously soft Maje jacket in a great orangey red. This Isabel Marant jacket in claret is 51% discounted.

Isabel Marant Kheo leather jacket

This beautiful yellow jacket from IRO is 65% off.

Another amazing jacket from Isabel Marant at 68% off!

My favorite leathers this season are from Mango. They are always well priced, good leather and fit well. I actually just ordered this beautiful yellow leather jacket – I love the soft color with my coloring as opposed to some of the really vivid yellows. My skin is yellow enough thanks! I also love the plain neckline – most of my other leathers have a collar.

Mango yellow leather jacket

This red leather is fabulous – a really great price too.

Mango red leather jacket

I am super tempted by this blue jacket. I have a really deep indigo blue leather jacket from AllSaints but I really like this more summery blue here. I love the buckle detailing too.

Mango blue leather jacket

Finally green – just the perfect green for me too – a deep forest green.

Mango green leather jacket

TopShop have a great vivid red suede jacket that will add instant cool factor to any outfit.

TopShop red suede jacket

Of course whenever you’re in doubt of where to find something ASOS is the place to head! This beautiful pink suede is available in all sizes and reduced by $200!

ASOS pink suede jacket

This one is so similar to the AllSaints jacket – well except for the pice tag – this is $500 cheaper!

There is of course a tremendous selection of studded and embroidered jackets out there right now – I’m afraid they just don’t appeal to me and I think they will date quickly. I like my classic leather jackets but I really don’t mind what color they are. There simply is nothing better to throw over a dress or jeans all year round.

My FIL arrived last night so we have a fun week ahead. It’s his birthday on Sunday so hopefully we will indulge in a good meal out once all our cheer competition commitments are over! It’s also my nephew’s birthday tomorrow so HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!

Today I’m in one of my favorite jacket and top combos – and I may have new sneakers on ūüėČ

Sneakers – Nike Jewell LX // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – AllSaints (old – similar here) // Jacket – J.Crew (old – similar here) // Bag – Coach

The other day Poppy and I went for a browse in her favorite store – H&M. The neon shoe thing was complete coincidence I assure you!

On Poppy – Shoes – Vans // Jeans – H&M // Jacket – Uniqlo // On Me – Shoes – Nike Air Max // Jeans – H&M // Top – AllSaints (old) // Jacket – Mango (old) // Bag – Coach

 

Trying on the AllSaints haul, and spotting some Target gems!

Oh good heavens above – I can barely contain myself. ¬†I LOVE it all. ¬†Secretly I was hoping that some of the purchases from the AllSaints sale would have to be returned, but nope, it’s all perfect, what’s more I ordered all the right sizes too! ¬†It arrived in four boxes so I felt like I was opening Christmas goodies all over again. ¬†My UPS delivery man thinks I’m nuts the way I shriek with delight at him at the door.

Starting with my favorite – the Riviera dress. ¬†I’d tried the jersey version earlier in the year but the jersey doesn’t drape as well and was far too revealing – at least on this old bird. ¬†The silk however is still sexy but a little more conservative at the front. ¬†Totally, totally love it. ¬†This is a UK12 and fits perfectly even across the boobs. ¬†All sizes still in stock and reduced from $330 to $132.

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Now for the splurge – I adore this jacket. ¬†It is so heavy – such great quality leather and the oxblood is far less severe, yet equally as versatile as black. ¬†It’s a jacket to be worn and worn – the older it gets the better it will look. ¬†Reduced from $700 to $350 – and ¬†again available in most sizes – this is a UK 12.

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Now the Diego Tee dress in natural marl. ¬†This comes up short – maybe too short for some – but I love it with these grey Newbury boots for the spring. ¬†A fun way to get the legs out. ¬†As a lover of suede I love the lightweight suede detailing. ¬†It wipes clean easily with a dry cloth so don’t be scared of it. ¬†The pocket is a single pocket that goes all the way through – make sense? ¬†Reduced from $260 to $104 and I am wearing a Medium.

tee dress

 

Now I might just live in this over the coming weeks. ¬†The Verna gilet is SO soft and snuggly. ¬†This was a complete outsider when I ordered it – but I am smitten. ¬†This is a M/L but to be honest I think a S/M would have been fine too – it doesn’t fasten so it does’t need to fit across the chest. ¬†Reduced from a whopping $348 to $139.

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Finally the Pia jersey dress. ¬†I love AllSaints for their classic draping – and this is just perfect. ¬†The skirt can be lowered or raised depending on how conservative/flirty you are feeling:) ¬†There are several colors still available and I ordered both the gray and navy for a change from black. ¬†It is reduced from $175 by varying amounts depending on the color – and right now it looks like all sizes in all colors are available. ¬†It’s driving me nuts going to their site as there are still so many fabulous pieces in the sale and they seem to be getting more stock online from their stores! ¬†This dress by the way is a UK 10 – I always size down in their jersey.

pia dress

 

I’m so happy with my purchases – all will be great through spring and the Pia dress and Riviera dress can be worn through the summer too. ¬†See – forward planning!

Today the kids were out of school and I managed to nab a couple of hours to myself while they helped Daddy at work.  I was in Target doing the domestic shop when I spotted these gems РTarget do some great pieces at times!

A fab sequin skirt – just $29.99

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A great quilted skirt with zip detailing Рjust $13.98 online now and available in black too. (Check out Fiona in her skirt here Рshe wore it Christmas day after picking it up on vacation here!)

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A shift dress in a similar fabric – just $24.99 – I love this and it is also available in black.

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This scuba dress is fabulous – no different from those that Zara offers – but a third of the price at $24.99!

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The final dress that caught my eye was this red and black checked shift. ¬†How and why I left without it I have no idea. ¬†The cold has gone to my head. ¬†I can’t see it online anywhere but it was $24.99.

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Here is what I wore today to brave the polar vortex – I went for winter white and monochrome.

polar vortex

Boots – 5050 Stuart Weitzman black suede // Jeans – Target // Jumper – Boden cashmere polo neck (similar here) // Cardigan – H&M (old)

Then to go out I opted to add my Marks and Spencer checked coat (similar here) and cashmere beanie hat from Nordstrom.

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18 degrees Fahrenheit didn’t feel nearly as bad as I thought it would – it always helps when the sun is shining too! ¬†Stay warm folks.

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