Mum on the Run – A Breton top, blue accessories and an abandoned picnic

It was about mid-day before I got dressed today and I just couldn’t get it together. I had been up since 7.30am and you know how it is once you start on the chores – it’s just so difficult to find that gap to go and get showered and sorted.

Like yesterday, I knew that we were likely to be out and about at the local park/cinema/doing bits and bobs etc so having worn the pink brogues yesterday, and given that I am trying to avoid boots and my converse are all looking a bit shabby, today it was the turn of the Hobbs loafers. I am still wearing them in so being able to add dark socks (of the knee high variety – so chic!) helped with that task. 


So, this is how it started out – jeans and a breton top.  There’s always lots of talk at this time of year about Breton tops and this one is from Jigsaw in a sort of cornflower blue stripe. I also have the navy one and have my eye on the pink one.  They must be about three years old now but still standing the test of time.  I like the fact that they are fitted but not too tight (my Gap ones are much more fitted). I have pulled it down to show you the length.

After that I added my cable knit jumper, which I thought I had put away for the summer but it was fairly chilly and having agreed to a picnic, I knew that to keep me from being an old misery pants, I would have to wrap up warm. 

By this time I had just made a picnic and what happened?  Predictably the heavens opened so we abandoned that plan and had our picnic in the conservatory instead.

I also added a new Lola Rose printed scarf which I bought from John Lewis on our trip there last week (further pic below) and my super padded Jigsaw parka which I can’t pretend I have ever really liked but it does a great job and the addition of the scarf and bag breaks it all up.

 I love this picture because I look like I have the freakiest legs in the world. Funny how yesterday it worked and today it didn’t.  Today’s photographer was taller so maybe that’s it! Anyhow, here are the Hobbs brogues, which liked because a) they were navy, b) they were patent c) they came in a half size d) they are fairly covered.

Here is a closer picture of the Lola Rose scarf that I was wearing….

and my H&M ring – which one of the children thinks looks like an eyeball.  Lovely!

Our eldest had a tough choice to make when we finally made it out today in the rain.  Did she let her new Jack Wills gilet get wet or did she use her sister’s Peppa umbrella to protect it. She opted for the Peppa umbrella.  I quite liked the juxtaposition of Peppa and Jack Wills – not sure JW would though, I don’t suppose that it is a look they are really after.

I have been invited on BBC Radio WM tomorrow to talk about the Buy My Wardrobe event.  I am currently trying to find somewhere to park the four year old for an hour because I can’t imagine that a radio studio and little Miss Chatterbox are likely to be a match made in heaven!



  1. Anonymous
    April 11, 2012 / 8:01 pm

    Love the scarf, I have my eye on it in taupe. You have a fabulous wardrobe and so reassuring to hear that somedays you have trouble finding the gap to get dressed too! Therese

  2. StyleGuile
    April 11, 2012 / 9:15 pm

    Love the sound of the taupe scarf – very versatile. I nearly didn't answer the door to the postman this morning at 10.30am when still in my PJ's but decided to in the end. Poor guy, he must have had a shock!

  3. schoolgatestyle
    April 11, 2012 / 9:31 pm

    Just had to pop over to see the scarf!! Love it – the Lola Rose patterns are gorgeous. Loving the brogues also – you really suit them. The close-up photos & the new colour scheme on the blog are great Beth!

    • StyleGuile
      April 12, 2012 / 1:47 pm

      Hi Avril, good to hear from you. The Lola Rose prints are just a little bit too nice aren't they? I love the ones you featured too. Pleased that you like the new look blog, which really came about as a result of inadvertently trashing the old one – but I do prefer it!

  4. Anonymous
    April 12, 2012 / 7:24 am

    Been reading your blog daily since I found it via Woman and Home. Am 52 year old mum with 12 year old daughter who usually styles me! Love your wardrobe. Are Hobbs brogues current season? Also planning to get H&M yellow bag. Do you ever do events in NW? Liverpool/Chester/Manchester?

  5. StyleGuile
    April 12, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    Hello and thank you for dropping by – it's always nice to hear from people who like the blog. Yes, the Hobbs brogues are current season. I ordered mine on line because the stores don't tend to carry the half sizes. They have taken a little wearing in but they are there now and are very comfortable. Of course you have your 20% discount with W&H which certainly helps doesn't it? I too am very tempted by the bag – let me know how you get on. I haven't done any events in the NW as yet but I would certainly be happy to if there was the demand. Beth

  6. Anonymous
    April 12, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    Hi, where do you think is the best place to buy jeans?? Im 42 and wear jeans everyday and am looking for pair that arent too low wasted?

    • StyleGuile
      April 13, 2012 / 7:30 pm

      Hello, you might want to take a look at today's post for guidance but of course I am happy to help further if you let me have an idea of budget and style. Beth

  7. Anonymous
    April 14, 2012 / 9:56 am

    Just read ur entry on jeans-excellent thank you! Wish u wld b up in edinburgh to spread ur knowledge! Goin on shopping spree in america in summer and wondering how many items i should be buying for a full wardrobe-as i always have way to many tops and just jeans!

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