Hello Lovelies, Recently, the lovely folks over at Bon Marche got in touch and asked me if I’d like to pick something from their current stock to review. I chose the red jersey quilted coat for £25. The coat is available in classic black too.
When the coat arrived, it reminded loosely on the quilted Barbour jackets but due to the cut and style, let alone the fabric it was very different. It is almost heritage which seems to be a great trend for 2013.
Before I had chance to wear it, my Mam claimed the coat for herself and it was never to be seen again! She did however let me snap her doing a “catalogue model” pose as well as sharing her views on the coat…
|Look out all you other 60+ models, she’s busting on to the scene!
The coat, being of jersey fabric is the perfect jacket for this time of year – Cool enough to require more than a jumper but not cold enough for your big thick winter coat. The cut is very flattering and is a generous size meaning a jumper can be worn underneath but it also keeps you toasty warm if you’re wearing a thinner layer. The fabric also means you can bundle it up and pop it in a holdall for travelling or keeping in the boot of the car for emergencies.
Bon Marche quite often have gems like this in and I find if you keep an open mind and have a keen eye, you can pick up some super well made, quality key season pieces for next to nothing. The best bit is they stock plus sizes. They are great for office basics like vests, plain trousers and t-shirts.
The coat is one of those great style staples than you can pair with a lot of current trends and it fits perfectly. For the price, you cannot go wrong with this jacket from Bon Marche.
Have you ever had a great find from Bon Marche or stores you would never think to look in?
* The item was gifted to me but does not alter opinion or perception
As us girls (and guys!) with chunky calves know, buying wellies or indeed any kind of boot is nigh on impossible. Even smaller calves with decent room to tuck trousers in, is quite limiting.
I want to sing from the roof top about Jileon (www.jileon.com) extra wide calf wellies which expand… and expand… and expand leaving plenty of room for calves AND tucking room with up to 50 cm wide calf.
With a double gusset design on both sides, the Jileon wellie gives extra room that your regular Hunters and Le Chameau boots can’t offer.
The best thing about the whole buying experience from Jileon is that each product has its own measurements listed so you know at a glance whether you are a standard fit or wide for each item. A huge bonus when trying to navigate the very tricky field of finding wide calf boots.
I personally spend a lot of time outdoors in the mud and snow so to finally have a pair of full length boots that offer me warmth, stability AND waterproof protection is just amazing. Priced at a very reasonable £49.99 they offer a selection of colours for men and womens tastes a like including floral and spotty!
|The look short but I have rather long lower legs!
I haven’t had the opportunity to test these bad boys out in snow and too much mud as the weather is only just turning but they faired very well plodging in the shoreline at the beach, in the rocks in the river and in shallow muddy fields. Oh the things I do for you lot for the sake of a review!
|You can see where my jeans end and my padded boot socks end, mid calf.
Available online, direct from Jileon, I fully recommend their great range, from standard fit all the way up to wide calf fit.
|Look at all that extra room in the boot!!
I have another review coming soon for some beautiful olive green wellies that are also wide fit. These beautiful blue ones just make me stand out too much when I’m out in the fields… something that defeats the point of me being there!
On my pay day shopping trip around the interweb, I spotted a gorgeous belted waterproof coat from Regatta at Simply Be (£90).
For Regatta to be bringing out plus size lines is just great as it is seriously hard to find ladies coats like this in big sizes without having to resort to a mans version in an outdoor shop.
Belted, with a removable fleece inner jacket, this is an absolute beauty.
The herringbone and style reminds me of an old school heritage Barbour jacket.
I think I need it but I need to sneak it in to the house as Mr T will kill me as I’ve just bought a new winter tweed and a new Barbour jacket… as well as 2 blazers. Ooops. Shopping ban?!
If you are looking for waterproof coats you can try Simply Be or even directly from Regatta as they appear to go up to a UK size 36.
* I have not been paid or received any incentive to write this post from either brand. I saw it, I liked it. Simples.
The wonderful tan leather wide leg boots are on their way. They are with a courier and are winging their way right to my grubby little mits (along with some other shoes – oops)
This is a second happy, happy shoe day! I thought I’d let you know if you too have been stalking the website for them to come back in to stock.
What’s the betting they don’t fit once they arrive! Sods law!
I have not been sponsored or paid to write this post, I’m just bloody excited my new boots are finally on their way.
A fortnight ago, I found myself standing outside my car realising my ballet flats for work had a massive hole in the sole from driving. Great, thanks £6 shoes from Asda.
After a 7am emergency mission to a Tesco Superstore next to my office, I was desperately trying to find a pair of shoes to tide me over, any shoes. As long as they fit and were cheap until I got home.
These black studded pumps (£10) called out to me and my rock side. What isn’t made better by studs?
With a black canvas upper and gunmetal conical studs to the front, these £10 pumps look a lot more expensive than they were, in my opinion thanks to the classic slipper style. The really remind me of the now infamous Sam Edelman studded pumps for cheap as chips.
The sole is quite substantial and comfy considering the price and they are a decent fit. Bit rigid at first due to the canvas but I have worn them a few times now and they are like gloves. I’m seriously tempted to go back and buy a few more pair of the exact same shoe to see me through the rest of the year.
Have you ever had a shoe emergency? Tell me about it!
* I have not been paid or received any incentive for this post. I purchased these in store with my own money.
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