On the Run – A blue and white outfit consisting of Zara, Gap, Converse and Orla Kiely

You know how there are only a couple of months each year when there isn’t a school holiday of some sort or another (usually November and possibly March, depending when Easter falls or June, depening on when spring half term falls)?

Well there are also a couple of months in the year when I make a conscious effort, as opposed to a half hearted attempt, not to shop. One of those months is July and the other is around February or March time.

I figure that by this time in the season, I will probably have filled most of the gaps in my summer wardrobe and I then start thinking about what my winter wardrobe may be lacking. So, as you might to expect, that’s where I add a caveat to my “no shopping” policy.

The summer sales can be a good place to pick up winter coats and winter boots – which are usually the biggest items of expediture in your wardrobe. Unless you are after the latest “must have” styles for coats or boots, then great savings can be made, hopefully leaving more funds available for next seasons’ every day items – where you may want to tap into the trends a little more.

I often find that it is also a good time to pick up accessories and I sometimes get a belt or an evening bag from Reiss when their sale starts [keep your eyes on this space for news of the Reiss sale].

With LK Bennett, Hobbs, Jaeger, Ted Baker, House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols and many others currently in sale, now is definitely a good time to look out for those staple items. I often look at brands that would normally be too pricey on an every day basis but which, with the benefit of a hefty discount, become more accessible.

Anyway, on to the outfit.  By the time it came around to getting the children from school it was relatively warm, so I decided to wear my white Zara cotton blazer, which hasn’t seen the light of day since this time last year.

I’m not generally a t-shirt kind of girl but I like this one that I bought from French Connection a few years ago now.  The blue is quite strong, which is good for a pale girl like me!

Sticking with the blue and white theme – again because having run I only had about 10 minutes to shower and change – I wore my blue converse and grabbed my Orla Kiely bag, which a couple of weeks ago I had filled with all of the remnants from my other handbags when I sorted them out.

So, I now have a large pile of receipts, tickets, half opened packets of oat cakes, pens and all other manner of detritus which lurks at the bottom of my handbags, to sort out. I liked the bag with the outfit though so I’m cool about it. (In as much as I could ever use the word “cool” to describe anything about myself!)


  1. Anne
    June 19, 2012 / 6:20 am

    A lovely outfit Beth! I have a white DKNY jacket I must resurrect, but seem to be constantly just throwing on a mac to dodge the rain:) Love your bag!~Anne

  2. Justine Allen
    June 19, 2012 / 10:15 am

    Loving that outfit Beth!

  3. kathynewlyn
    June 19, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    Looks fab!

  4. StyleGuile
    June 19, 2012 / 7:53 pm

    Thank you ladies – apparently Bag Servant (http://bagservant.co.uk/) like it too, so this pic will be appearing on their site soon. Wish I had known – I would have done my lippy!

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