Pep-love

So, those of you who know me will know how obsessed I am with PEPLUM. I think my total number of items has hit double figures now and if I’m honest, I don’t intend to stop there! The number of long sleeved peplums is on the rise, making it perfect for summer and winter!

As I said in my last post, my calves are colossal, and on that subject, so are my hips. Well hips, bum, thighs, that general area! And that’s why I love peplum so much. Nips in at the waist, fans out to cover up unwanted lumps and bumps, and flows into your feminine shape. Perfection!

I actually purchased a new one yesterday – yes I know, you caught me, I broke the shopping ban. But, id like to defend myself for just a second. I have had a couple of lucky sales on eBay in the past week or two and a decent day of tips from the generous customers of the pub on Sunday, so it’s not all bad! But yes, back to the peplum top. Black, long sleeved, with a grey tweed style panel down the middle. Let me tell you, versatile doesn’t even begin to cover it! Jeans, chunky cardigan and ankle boots, leggings and killer heels for play time, I even wore it with a pencil skirt and boucle jacket to the careers fair today.

Just £25 from River Island. One word. BARGAIN.

So yeah, peplum is the way forward. The day it goes out of fashion will be a sad day, but here’s hoping it clings on for a few more seasons, or better still earns itself a spot in the fashion staples, like our old 80s blast from the past – leggings!

Over and out chaps

All my love

Coco

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Riding Solo

So, today is Saturday. Currently taking a break from attempting to teach myself statistics for the dreaded dissertation. Defo wishing I hadn’t spent 95% of my time in SPSS workshops in second year on my BlackBerry. Anyway, today’s procrastination topic is riding boots. The classic dilema for just about every female on the planet that hits around September time each year: Where can I find boots that 1. I like, 2. That fit me, and 3. That I don’t need to remortgage my flat to be able to purchase.

Now, I know better than anyone that most of the time I enjoy a cupcake or two more than I should, so I’m not making excuses for this, but I am one of those unfortunate females who is cursed with….yep, you’ve got it….chunky calves. It happens to the best of us; Kimberley Walsh, I feel your pain, and apart from being one of the most god damned annoying places to slim down, it also makes the annual boot hunt even worse than it already is.

After scouring websites for well over two months, and going back and forth along the buy-try-cry-return chain (yes that’s my own model, reference at your leisure), I, reluctantly may I add, ordered a pair that I didn’t even really like, from, and I am ashamed to say this, John Rocha at Debenhams. Branded ‘Dirty Debs’ by my House of Fraser employee housemate, I wasn’t proud of it, but I was at the end of my tether. I ended up searching for ‘elasticated riding boots’, which I can only assume was a common search term among myself and most of the female over 40s population. Anyway, they came, they fitted, I debated, and decided to keep them, on the premise that I probably wouldn’t find anything better. Don’t get me wrong, there are much nicer boots about, but for calf almighty over here, my options were limited.

Now, I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but I’m sure it has – you finally get your paws on something you’ve wanted for ages and ages, you can’t wait to wear them. You’re creating your own little music video in your head where you’re strutting along, wind in your hair, people checking you out, all to a feel-good theme tune that probably featured one of the American Pie films. The classic scene. Then the day finally comes. Pilot day. You will finally don your new item to more people than just your cohabitants and the tough crowd of fashionistas that is… your teddies (don’t lie, you all have them).

And then this happens: WHAT THE FUCK DO I WEAR THEM WITH?

And it did. Whatever I seemed to pair them with – jeans, leggings, trousers, I even tried a dress (bad move) – I just looked like a full time MUM going on the school run. And before you ask, no I couldn’t return them because I had already taken the bins out wearing them, you know, just in case an old wrapper fancied a piece of me and my new boots.

Anyway, I have worn them a few times. More for warmth and dryness than actual appeal. So I am now looking for some ideas and preferably some images of celebrities wearing boots, that I can try to replicate.

I have found a few ways to wear snaps. I will be putting these into action, and fingers crossed I won’t spend the rest of the year regretting the purchase!

Sorry for the waffle here! Not much inspirational fashion explored today. But as you may remember from what seems like 5 hours ago when you embarked on reading this ream of pure boot moaning crap, I AM PROCRASTINATING. Please forgive me. I hope you will as I can almost guarantee that at least half of you will be using this blog as a procrastination technique too!

All my love

Coco

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Knit me with the real thing

Winter is most definitely upon us, so its that dreaded time to say goodbye to hawaiian prints, floral bikinis and sandals, and say a big hello to christmas jumpers, snoods and chunky cardigans.

The jumpers have got to be one of my favourite parts about Christmas. Getting in when its dark, snuggling up on the sofa with the remote, counting down the seconds until the first housemate starts cooking so the house warms up – its all made better when you are donning an over the top festive jumper.

There are some amazing ones about at the moment, here are some of the best about.

1 £50 Topshop

2 £35 Asos.com

3 £32 Asos.com

All my love

Coco

Oxblood-y Marvellous

For those of you who have been switched on to colour this season will have noticed that Oxblood is just about everywhere. Maroon, dark red, blood red; call it what you like, it is undoubtedly the colour of AW12. Paired with black, skinny fit trousers, jeans, leggings, leathers, its pretty much a winner all round.

So let me tell you about today. There I am, sitting in, what I can only describe as truly joyous, two hour long financial management lecture, when my friend Sophie turns to me and says she has ordered RED uggs. Yes, you heard me, RED UGGS. At this point I made a face that I didn’t even have time to control, just because of my sheer bafflement at the news. Having realised how disgustingly rude I must have seemed, I recoiled and attempted to correct my reaction, and concluded that it was indeed an interesting choice and that they would probably look pretty cool. Anyway, later on a WhatsApp picture comes through of the infamous red Uggs. Well well well, what can I say. PURE BEAUTY. Dark, oxblood red, classic cut, beauties. If you are looking for a new pair of Uggs this winter, it has to be these. As much as I am a self confessed Ugg hater, except when your feet are begging you a for soft, sheepskin retreat from the harsh life of pumps cutting into the sides, boots rubbing your heels, and platforms that break your ankles, these are the exception to the rule.

All my love

Coco