No, not Turkish Delight - Turquoise Delight!
Turquoise is one of my favourite all year colours. It's bright for summer and bold for Winter.
As a Pilates teacher, you're often working in isolation, on your own, away from colleagues; unlike working in an office where you've no choice but to be surrounded by your fellow co-workers, even if you wanted to escape them! Sure, I work at a studio with other teachers but you're focusing on your classes and clients and may only briefly interact with other colleagues.
So it was lovely when yesterday a teacher I work for, invited me and another colleague to an informal Christmas lunch; especially as the days of a big annual, corporate slap up Christmas party are long gone! As I still had my evening teaching to go to following the lunch (meaning only 2, yes, only 2 Kir Royals were supped at lunch!), I needed my outfit to be easy to change in and out of, whilst fitting into that potentially, dreaded, sartorial minefield of - 'smart-casual'.
Should my smart be casually insouciant and 'quite frankly, not give a damn' or should my casual have expectations beyond it's status and cultivate an air of smartness about it?
A minefield indeed.
I vetoed a skirt. I never find tights to be a quick and easy garment to change in and out of. I always seem to end up putting them on back to front, or inside out, or twisted round my ankles, when I'm in a hurry.
A tailored shirt, my Winter Seasonal Skinny Jeans, a sporty-looking, black, zip jacket and a little big of bling seemed to cover the bases of being casually smart, yet smartly casual. Depending on which way you look at it!
This post should perhaps be subtitle 'French Fancies'. Not only did we dine at a French restaurant but the zip jacket is from across the Channel, or La Manche as the Frenchies would say. When we visit the in-laws over there, I always do a spot of shopping, as I do rather well on forays to the local boutiques.
small voice of reason laughs hysterically in the background.
'A spot? Really? You'd call filling up half your suitcase on the last trip in May, a spot of shopping?'
Well, er... yes... quite! You see, over the years I've been regularly visiting France, I've come to know that French sizing is generally more flattering to my petite frame than many English brands. Call me contrary but I prefer to buy garments where the sleeves aren't trailing on the floor, or the shoulders of jackets and shirts aren't falling down to my elbows! I've learned to leave room in my suitcase for new purchases!
I bought the light padded jacket from Camaieu in Nice last Christmas and it's the perfect choice for when a tailored jacket would be too formal. The leather-look horizontal piping across the top, along with the quilted chevron design makes it a more stylish choice than a cardigan
I try to wear as little black as possible in Winter. I prefer to dress in colour which helps to offset the symptoms of Seasonal Affected Disorder that I unfortunately suffer from. But it would be silly to avoid black entirely. With the richness of the turquoise and the wine, a little black is perfectly acceptable.
The turquoise shirt I've had for eons! I bought it for tuppence (translation - next to nothing) in the staff shop, when I funded my student years working for Marks & Spencer on weekends. The fact that's nearly 28 years ago, is testament to the quality of the shirt!
The double breasted design means there's none of that central gaping that can so often happen with single breasted shirts. As I'd tucked in the shirt - it hangs too long for the jacket - I added a cheeky snakeskin belt for a hint of pattern.
As we've hurtling with ever increasing speed to Christmas, I couldn't resist wearing my snowflake costume ring for some festive sparkle.
Although, with the un-seasonally mild weather at the moment, I'm more likely to see a flying pink pig than a real snowflake!
My turquoise tote was a sale bargain from the summer. I'd seen it full price and had fallen in love with the colour but um'd and ar'd about buying another bag but when I saw it in the sale for only £8 it was a done deal! I have 4 of these mini totes now in different colours; here's the Pumpkin Tote and the Mint Tote in the same design.
The shape of the Tote is perfect. The wider bottom means you can fit an amazing amount in without having to lug a suitcase around with you and the size is spot on for my frame.
Seasonal Skinny from Dorothy Perkins Petite
Marks &Spencer Turquoise Shirt (so ancient I'm surprised it's still in tact!)
Camaieu Black Jacket A/W 15. Here's a similar Quilted Jacket from them this season.
New Look Mini Tote
Hammered Silver Necklace & Bracelet from Jane Akester. Also worn in the Summer when I went to The Proms
Accessorize Snowflake Ring. Here's one that's slightly more expensive Snowflake ring
Steve Madden Snakeskin Belt from TKMaxx
Marks & Spencer Pointy Ankle Boots (old) although these Leather Ankle Boots look exactly the same
I'm off to devour a steak frites, mes amis. Une femme has to keep up her appetite!
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And thanks to Nicole for having me as her co-host this week.
And thanks to Nicole for having me as her co-host this week.
Nicole Mölders is married, has one cat, no kids. She is a fashion, and science enthusiast from Fairbanks, Alaska and the blogger of High Latitude Style – an Alaska fashion blog with science bits for the stylish 40+ woman. She shares how to dress stylishly on trend and shows that 40+ is way too young to give up having fun with fashion (and heels).
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