Autumn/Winter Fashion at Lands’ End

autumn/winter at lands' endLands’ End have always been known for their high quality outerwear and knitwear, but they are really stepping up their style game. My raincoat is from Lands’ End (bright pink and very water resistant – I love it), but I wouldn’t normally think to buy other clothing from them. But I have recently been seriously impressed. Their clothing isn’t just practical, it’s quite stylish. And the kids’ clothing is pretty cute too.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a family day out at Lands’ End HQ in Oakham. After a yummy lunch, we got to have a look (and even try on) the lovely womens’ clothing, while the kids (and partners) enjoyed the games room. We then had the pleasure of a boat ride along Rutland Water aboard the Rutland Belle. It was a lovely day, made better by gorgeous clothing.

There are some things worth noting about Lands’ End.

  1. The jackets and coats are rated according to the temperature they can withstand. We don’t have super cold temperatures in the UK, but you can be pretty warm and dry which is very nice.
  2. Free hemming is offered, which means that your trousers will be the right length. This should be a standard service everywhere. Husband is looking forward to getting some trousers that are the perfect length. He has so many frayed hems.
  3. Many of the childrens’ jackets have Grow-a-long sleeves. You can pull the sleeve down at the inseam and gain an extra 3.5cm. Genius.
  4. The boys’ jeans have reinforced knees. I don’t know what my son does, but he gets holes in the knees of his jeans. He desperately needs jeans like these.
  5. The girls’ clothing isn’t just about pink and princesses (though my daughter loves both). There are a range of colours and designs. *whispers* girls like more than just princesses. And yes there are pretty dresses, but there are also fab leggings and tops.
  6. The jumpers are made from the softest, natural fibers. Enough said.

I currently have loads of items in my Lands’ End online shopping cart. Luckily I have a 30% off code. If you fancy it: LESTYLE. But you must use it by the 31st October 2015.

Before you explore the Lands’ End website, why not have a look at a few of my favourite pieces from the womens’ and kids’ (they also have a mens’ section, and will be introducing a home range soon):

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We were invited to Lands End HQ and Moozles were given a goodie bag (which included a girls’ jacket, shown in the last photo) for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

 

Does The Sofa Make A Living Room?

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After we had our living room renovated two years ago, we bought a new sofa to make the room feeling even new. We had previously had a leather sofa, but wanted something smaller and less bulky. But we still wanted plenty of room for sitting. We found the three-seater fabric sofa above and were thrilled. Once the sofa arrived, the living room felt ‘complete’.

But lately I have been having serious feelings of dissatisfaction towards the living room. It just didn’t feel right. So I decided to re-arrange our living room (I say ‘we’ but Husband did the heavy lifting while I managed). The main part of this re-organisation is the sofa. I liked that the sofa was the first thing to catch your eye upon entering the living room. But the room did not feel right. It did not feel cosy. I realised that the sofa was critical in making the living room feel homey.

We moved the sofa to the wall closest to the door (we didn’t have the option of too many walls due to a window on one wall and the telly and its cables/wires on another). We have spread the furniture around the room. I have also reduced the amount of toys we keep in our two green baskets as they were overflowing. The baskets now fit on the bottom two shelves of the cabinet which helps make the room feel less cluttered. Part of the issue has been that our fabric sofa looks a bit tired. In hindsight I feel that leather sofas are so much better if you have young children (easy to clean and don’t look so sad and rumpled quickly).

And I am so pleased with the way my living room now looks. The sofa makes so much more sense on the side wall. I no longer feel like all the seating is pointed at the television. The furniture is distributed more evenly around the room rather than being on just one wall. So how do you like my ‘new’ living room?

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My Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover

My Guest Bathroom MakeoverWe bought our home about two and a half years ago, and the only reason we could afford to buy in our area is because the house was mostly a wreck. The only room that didn’t need major work is the ensuite bathroom in the loft conversion. As it is the guest room, and on the second floor, we do not use this bathroom very often. But every once in a while I go up there and look at it in dismay. It is just not to my taste. It is so beige and blah. So I decided to see if I could give it a mini-makeover for just £70.

BEFORE:

My Guest Bathroom Makeover

As you can see, the bathroom is quite neutral. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of cream. I like things white and bright. And I prefer things squarer shapes. And look at that sad, and dying, plant. Ugh. It’s not the nicest bathroom for guests. The main problem with this bathroom is that there isn’t a bath screen on the tub. It’s fine if you are having a bath, but most guests have showers which makes the bathroom very wet. So we decided to install a bath screen and add some nice accessories. We can’t afford to do anything about the tiles, but I have tried to brighten up the room.

AFTER:

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My Guest Bathroom MakeoverThere is quite a bit of green sprinkled throughout the house, and I wanted to bathroom to also have green accents. I replaced the tiny blue bathmat for a large green mat from Ikea. It is super soft, and was a bargain at £5.99. I popped into my local Homebase last week and found a lovely little plant to cheer up the ledge. I had an old green pot that wasn’t being used. While at Homebase, I also picked up some fluffy white hand towels. I love white towels. It might not sound practical, but I do.

Last, but certainly not least, we put in a bath screen. I had expected the screen to be much more expensive than it was. It was priced at £54.99, but is now on sale for £43.99. It looks to be of a very good quality. The screen arrived last week and Husband (who works in an office but likes to give DIY his best) put it up on Saturday without any problems. The bathroom looks so much better now. I wish we had done our mini-makeover sooner. What do you think?

 

We were reimbursed by Homebase for our purchases, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

Inspiration For My Living Room

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Ooh, this living room. Isn’t it gorgeous? I’ve been scouring the internet for home decor ideas for my living room, and I thought I would share some of my favourites. We bought our current house two and a half years ago, and in that time we have renovated about one-third of it. But even the rooms that have been done, like the kitchen/diner and the living room, are not finished. You see, I’m a bit indecisive. So the house is taking even longer to be styled than they were to be renovated.

I have an eclectic style. I love modern but I also love vintage. Husband loves all things modern. We decided on a mid-century modern theme for this house. Some things are old, some are new. But everything is functional, and works well for a family with young children. The furniture is solid. Hard-wood floors can be mopped and cleaned easily. We are keeping things more minimal than we’d like (less furniture to climb), but as the children get older then we can update the look. I love grey and yellow and brown and pink and green. These are the colours that I am trying to weave around the house.

I adore the look of a feature art wall. We have several framed art prints that we are holding onto until we have a decent amount to display on the wall. They add such flair to any room, but I want one for our living room. And I would like to get a monochrome rug for the living room floor. Monochrome looks gorgeous in a modern room, but then so does bright colour. And it looks lovely to incorporate both. Do you have any tips for a fabulous modern living room? Do you use any accent colours in your home? How do you feel about an art feature wall?

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It’s My Party (Outfit)

It's My Party OutfitLast month I celebrated my 40th birthday with family and friends at a tiki bar in London. There was dancing and mojitos. And of course there was the perfect party outfit. Normally I would use extra money to buy kids’ clothes or accessories for the house. But this time, with no guilt at all, I bought myself a new outfit.

I decided to join the jumpsuit bandwagon (about three years late I know, but whatever). After much perusing on the House of Fraser website, I found a lovely black wrap jumpsuit from Wallis. I was worried that you had to be tall, thin and young to wear a jumpsuit, but I thought this looked nice. Not only was it extremely flattering, but it also covered the tops of my arms (which is a major issue for me). I was also pleased that after several months of healthy living, I was able to fit into a size 16. I was wearing size 20 trousers back in March. So the size of the jumpsuit gave me quite an ego boost.

Husband and the kids gave me some gorgeous gold-coloured accessories from H&M for my birthday which coincidentally looked lovely with my jumpsuit. I am still shocked at their great taste. I also had a clutch bag that one of my sisters gave me years ago. And as it is from Seychelles, it has a fab islandy vibe that worked well for a tiki bar.

It's My Party OutfitThe shoes are an old pair from Clarks. But they fit perfectly right into my gold theme. My heels have been looking a bit gross recently, all dry and cracked. Last month I got the Scholl Express Pedi, which was a godsend. It quickly exfoliated the dry skin off my feet in about two minutes (I now use it once a week) and I am no longer ashamed to wear sandals or shoes that show my heels.

I loved my birthday outfit. I felt so confident and it made turning 40 so much brighter.

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I was sent the Scholl Express Pedi for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

 

Can’t Turn 40 Without A New Dress

Can't Turn 40 Without A New DressWhen you’re a Stay-At-Home-Mum, it is so easy to wear the same things over and over again. It’s tough justifying a new outfit when your children need new shoes – again. But I knew I needed some new outfits to wear for my various 40th birthday celebrations. So I thought I would share my new bargain dresses.

The dress at the top is a fab little number from Oasis that I got from House of Fraser a couple of weeks ago. The dress fits beautifully and made me feel fab. And at only £15 in the sales, I was even more thrilled. I teamed the dress with new sparkly heels from Hotter shoes (they are cushioned and so comfy). I always see people tweeting about Hotter, so I thought I would see if they really were as comfortable as everyone says (they are). And I got them in the sales (woohoo) for £34.00 (birthday money from my mom, so it was like they were free). I will be wearing these to every night out in autumn and winter.

I got my clutch bag last winter, from SimplyBe. I love that it is roomy, and with silver and gold accents (looks great with everything). My Cluse watch was a birthday gift from Husband. I have been wanting a gold watch for ages. The combination of gold and black feels very modern, and a bit gangsta.

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Can't Turn 40 Without A New DressWhen you turn 40, you simply cannot have just one celebration. You have to properly celebrate such a milestone birthday. So I needed another dress. I wanted something casual that I could wear for lunch with friends or even to afternoon tea. With trainers and a cardi (or my trusty denim jacket), I can still wear it on the school run in the autumn. I found this Izabel London dress on the House of Fraser website. Another bargain at £15.

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I was given these two dresses from House of Fraser for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

My Foot(s) Need Some New Boots

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Yes, I realise that I need to work on my rhyming skills. But the sentiment is true. Mama needs a new pair of boots. I’ve ignored the approaching autumn, but this week’s torrential rain has reminded me that summer is almost over. And soon it will be cold, and my toes and ankles will need to be kept covered and warm. So I thought I would share with you the boots that I need (not want, NEED) for AW15.

  1. my foots need some new bootsJones Brogue Boots – I love brogues. I love boots. Perfect combination. I wear my brogues all year long. But sometimes my ankles get a bit chilly. But these would keep me nice and warm. And with a side zip, so you don’t have to spend ages tying up laces. They would work with anything and everything in your wardrobe. Brogue boots! £120.
  2. my foots need some new bootsClarks Grey Suede Desert Boots – who doesn’t love a desert boot? And in grey suede? These totally look like they could be my husband’s shoes, which makes me like them even more. These would work with anything but I would wear them with skinny jeans, a crisp white shirt and a tweed blazer. Perfect for autumn/winter. Maybe give it a spray with some suede protector if you live in this part of the world. £85.
  3. my foots need some new bootsDr Martens Tweed Herringbone Boots – these are not the Dr Martens I wore in the 1990s. And they are beyond gorgeous. They’re a grown-up doc. The two buckles can be adjusted so that the boots fit better. I would wear these everyday, with leggings and jeans. And the Dr Martens tag would hang out the back and I could pretend that I was 20 and still at university. Maybe I would add a flannel shirt to re-live the past. Oh, how I loved a bit of grunge. £95.
  4. my foots need some new bootsJones Calf Length Boot – such a cool biker boot. The diagonal zip gives it a special look. I would wear these with a mini-skirt or mini-dress and a battered leather jacket. I’d pretend I was heading to a fab new bar for a few drinks rather than the school run. These boots could be worn by anyone, from my 20-year old niece, to my 60-something year old mother-in-law. £120.
  5. my foots need some new bootsJones Ankle Boots – these boots are just so pretty. I normally prefer flat or low-heeled boots, even for a night out. But these are lovely. And in tan suede, you could wear them all year long. In fact, I would probably wear these boots more in spring or summer. But in the winter they would look fab with skinny jeans and a faux fur jacket or perhaps a furry waistcoat. £49.
  6. my foots need some new bootsHeavenly Feet Pacific Boots – these are like grown-up Uggs. They look so warm and comfy, and would be perfect for walking the children to school on a cold winter’s day. Please be aware that I do other things besides taking my children to and from school, not much, but other things. Anyway, the buckles and the folded sheepskin on the back add an elegant touch to an everyday boot. £55.
  7. my foots need some new bootsRieker Black Boots – there is something so naturally chic about knee-length black boots. You couldn’t wear them with everything, but they would go with quite a lot. You could wear these with a sparkly mini-dress or scruffy jeans and a t-shirt. £95.

 

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City Shorts For A Curvy Gal

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The one annoying thing about summer, when you’re not comfortable with your not-slim body, is keeping covered but staying cool. I have spent the past few years boiling in leggings but this year I finally bought myself some shorts. But it was not easy. They’re either too long, or too short. Then you have to find the right fit.

City shorts for a curvy galAfter much searching, I found these navy shorts from Marks & Spencer. Made with elastane so the shorts retain their shape. Not so thin that you can see my booty. Not thick so as to be hot. And pretty gold buttons that make the shorts looks more expensive than their £25 price tag.

I have worn these shorts loads this summer. Sometimes I team them with a stripey Breton and I pretend I am a sailor. Anchors Away!

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The Beach Dress That Has Never Been To The Beach

The Beach Dress That Has Never Been to the Beach

Before lThe Beach Dress That Has Never Been to the Beachast week’s visit to Wales, I got myself a beach cover-up. I wanted something with sleeves, that would not be too short or sheer. This does not sound like a difficult list, but it is actually tougher than I had imagined. Luckily I found this lovely Dickins & Jones beach dress from House of Fraser.

It is made of a soft jersey fabric so you don’t feel uncomfortable. The waist is gathered so you don’t look like you’re wearing a sack. And the almost-to-the-knee length keeps everything covered.

Now, I had planned to wear this dress to the beach, but it did not actually make it to the beach. I did wear this dress to the pool, to the playground and then to the spa. I added some leggings and a jean jacket in the evening and wore it to dinner. Maybe one day the dress will actually make it to the beach. If you are after some flattering beachwear, then this dress is now on sale for £17.50! Or check out the other fab kaftans and sarongs from House of Fraser.

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I was given the chance to select beachwear for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

 

Cool Boy Style

Cool Boy Style

Even though Dubz only turned three last month, he has a definite sense of style. He picks out everything that he wears, including his socks. And of course he wears his beloved trilby all day, every day. Dubz loves wearing jeans (like his daddy) and he mostly wears dinosaur clothing, though he has three non-dinosaur tops that he sometimes wears. So when the lovely people at Base Fashion offered Dubz a new outfit, I thought it would be a great opportunity for him to pick out some cool non-dinosaur clothing.

From a choice of Levi’s jeans, Dubz picked out the ones I would have picked out. That kid has great taste. 😉 And from a selection of t-shirts, he chose the one that he thought looked like a ‘monster wearing hat’. Typical. After selecting his outfit online, Dubz then proceeded to ask me, four or five times a day, when he would be receiving his clothes. Luckily we only had to wait a few days.

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Cool Boy Style

At £35, the jeans are not what I would normally spend on Dubz (he normally gets his jeans from H&M and Sainsbury’s). But I could see the difference in quality. They washed really well. And there is a reason why Levi’s jeans are so popular. In order for the jeans to last, I ordered a larger size. I’ve rolled the cuffs, and hoping to find some cute braces/suspenders so hopefully we should get a year’s wear out of them. The his t-shirt is beyond cool. And very reasonably priced at £12.

Base Fashion offer clothes for babies through to teenagers. And with free delivery and free returns, you can order without  extra fees and without the worry of the item not fitting. There is currently a mid-season sale going on, so why not pop on over and have a look.

 

 

We were sent an outfit for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.