Basking in the sunshine of a French afternoon, about to indulge in a little light shopping. Yes, t'was a gloriously bright day, hence the oversized sunnies!
We visited family in France for Christmas and as soon as I got out my suitcase to pack for the trip, the skirt also packed its passport to come with me!
One of the loose (so loose that the elastic waistband has gone baggy) rules I have about my wardrobe is that where possible, pieces should work across at least 2, ideally 3 seasons. That way, I get maximum wear from them via multiple combinations.
Quite often a garment will be that 'magic' piece that works across all 4 seasons and my Laid Back Maxi Skirt is one of these. I first wore it on the blog back in September for a Weekend Lunch with friends. I knew then it would end up being a much loved and hugely versatile item.
I couldn't wait to style it for Winter and choosing a gothic style, biker jacket, biker boots and a chunky knit, the skirt effortlessly transitions to a Winter outfit. Pop on my signature item - a wool beret - in silver to match the skirt, a light plum, leopard print scarf to tie in with the jumper and we're ready to face the cold.
Although, to be honest, it wasn't that cold where we were! The Côte d'Azur is hardly the Artic Circle.
But even with chillier temperatures, I'd swap the cotton scarf for a big blanket scarf, and add gloves and woolly tights.
One task blogging has prompted me to do, is to revamp certain areas of my wardrobe and one that desperately needed revamping was the knitwear department. Earlier in the season I stumbled across online this Ben de Lisi Petite Principles cable knit jumper and knew it had to be tried on. The colour has my name positively embossed on it.
Fortunately, the jumper comes in both regular and petite, meaning I could play Goldilocks and try both ranges to see which worked best. After trying on 5 - yes, 5 different sizes ...
10 regular ... NOPE 12 regular ... NOPE 10 petite ... NOPE 12 petite ... NOPE
I tell you, Goldilocks had it easy peasy with only trying 3...
... I finally hit the jackpot with the 14 petite; proving that you have to go for what is the best fit on you and not go by what size is on the label!
I rather like all the numerous directional lines we've got going on here with the skirt, jacket and knit of the jumper.
Fortunately, no one entered or exited the door I'm posing in front of when we snapped these shots. It's bad enough sometimes having to explain what you're doing when you're out and about on home soil but it's a different kettle of fish when you're in foreign lands.
However, adopting the motto of the Girl Scouts of, 'Be Prepared', I was suitably armed but un-dangerous with;
'Je suis un blogueur.'
just in case anyone did try to photo bomb me, on their way in or out of the building.
Wallis Black Gothic Biker Jacket. Currently on sale
Ben de Lisi Petite Principles Plum Cable Knit Jumper. Currently on sale
H&M Plum Leopard Print Scarf (old)
Green Bag from TKMaxx (old)
Marks & Spencer Leather Biker Boots. Ankle Biker Boots
And what of the little light shopping trip I mentioned at the start of the post??? Well, I treated myself to some glittery accessories from the French brand Camaieu; 3 belts and a glitter clutch with wristlet AND crossbody strap - hurrah!
The day before at a different branch, I'd bought a casual jacket I'd seen and liked on their website before we flew out. A little research goes a looooong way! When paying for it at the till, they gave me a seasonal gift card for 15 euros off my next purchase; the generous Frenchies.
This meant that my glittery hoard ended up being only about 10 euros - double hurrah!
I was tempted by these ever so adorable pug wallets and purses I spotted in a shop window. I think my fellow blogger, Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo would be tickled by these, being an owner of a cute pug.
Don't you just love the one with the blue beret and the glasses? Totally inspired by me clearly!
I don't know about you, but after a little light shopping I like to re-fuel with a mug of chocolate chaud!
And so I did.
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