Mum on the Run – “Doing a bit of a Gok!” (Just an idea)

It was lovely to hear from so many of you after the “Spotty Boden Coat post.” It seems that a lot of us bought that particular coat in 2003 – and that a lot of us still have them lurking in our wardrobes. For anyone who decides to give theirs an outing this winter, I would love to see a picture.


Continuing along a similar theme, last week when I was shopping for last night’s Style Event, I decided to take a fairly inexpensive piece and make it look more stylish and up to date – otherwise known as “doing a bit of a Gok”


So, here’s what I chose:


One Cashmilon Crew Neck Round Jumper from M&S (£12, or £20 for 2. They come in a wide variety of colours, are machine washable and very soft.)


One animal print fur collar from M&S (£15)

and put them together to create (funnily enough) a – jumper with a fur collar!

As you all know, collars are a huge trend this season so instead of a fur one you could have a leather one (another big trend) a sparkly one or a beaded one (H&M has a good selection).

This fur collar is also substantial enough to be worn over a coat – I have a Christmas Day church service in mind for some reason here – and of course the jumper could be swapped for something slightly more fitted.

Just an idea for something to try with any jumper of which you have grown a little tired and which could do with a new lease of life.


Today I went up to Cheshire to do a casting for Marks & Spencer to work for them as an in store Stylist.  I have been lucky enough to be given a shiny new store to work in – M&S at Fosse Park. So, at the next cardholder event, which is at the end of November, you can come along and hear me doing  a presentation every hour, on the hour – probably along similar lines to the vlog that I did for Pavilions, but more indepth.


Have any of you seen the Bridget Jones films and in particular the one where her Mum works in a store with the device that cracks eggs (?) and also on QVC? For some reason I can’t get that image out of my head. I fear that’s what I may look like on the day! 







  1. Applebypie
    October 5, 2012 / 7:10 pm

    Have been eyeing up a few collars, but I like this one better !!! I tried Primark for jumpers again today, but couldn't find anything that wasn't just 100% acrylic ( I just haven't got the knack!) – got a lovely half price Mac and £5 pjs from M and S though!!! X

    • StyleGuile
      October 6, 2012 / 6:40 pm

      Hi Applebypie – oh that's a shame about the jumpers – they were there last time I looked. More Fair isle and striped than anything else but the acrylic are fine layered over a cotton shirt. Love the sound of the emac and PJ's!

  2. Anonymous
    October 5, 2012 / 7:54 pm

    I love the use of the collars with knits. My question is this – do they work for women with a curvy bust? I really struggle to find knitwear to suit. H x

    • StyleGuile
      October 6, 2012 / 6:45 pm

      Hi! Round necks are harder for ladies with curvier busts, as are the fur collars, so I would opt for a long line fine knit cardi, to create the illusion of a v neck – the White Company has some great ones – but some detail around the neckline can look great. So, you could stitch some detail on to the neckline such as a fur or sequin trim. It's the same kind of idea but one which will suit your shape. Hope that helps!

    • Anonymous
      October 6, 2012 / 7:58 pm

      Thank you – will look out for some x

  3. Anonymous
    October 5, 2012 / 8:32 pm

    Good luck with your new job Beth. Marie S

    • StyleGuile
      October 6, 2012 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks Marie – can't wait! It should be fun choosing the pieces to talk about. Apparently the ladies love the presentations which is great as I can't imagine anything worse than standing there talking, with no-one listening!

  4. schoolgatestyle
    October 5, 2012 / 8:40 pm

    Oh Beth, I am laughing remembering that scene from Brigid Jones! Good luck with that – so exciting! Avril x

    • StyleGuile
      October 6, 2012 / 6:47 pm

      Me too! I am thinking of adopting her hair style -what do you reckon?!!! Hope that life is all good with you. x

  5. Anonymous
    October 5, 2012 / 9:27 pm

    Fosse Park, excellent. My nearest good M&S. Remind us nearer the time and I'll be there!Love the collar idea. I know what I'll be doing tomorrow.

    • StyleGuile
      October 6, 2012 / 6:49 pm

      Hi! I am there on 22/23 November but will remind you nearer the time. Please come and say "hi" if you are there. Would be great to meet you! Did you get the collar?!!

  6. Anonymous
    October 6, 2012 / 5:40 am

    Have been reading your blog for a while now and although I read a couple of others, yours is really the best. Completely hits the mark, pricewise its realistic, ideas are achievable, a post every day, nothings too wacky, I could go on…., well done, brightens my day and has given me loads of ideas and a bit more ooomph, I'm only 44 but some days felt and looked so frumpy and beige, so you've pulled me out of a rut, thanks.

    • StyleGuile
      October 6, 2012 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you! That is so lovely of you to say so. I hope to keep bringing you more ideas and a bit more "ooomph"! I like that – I am sure that we could all do with a bit of that now and again! There's no need to feel frumpy and beige at your tender age – drop me a line any time! Beth

  7. Sharon
    October 8, 2012 / 12:14 pm

    Great news, Fosse Park is on my doorstep! I have a few old tired crew neck jumpers crying out for a new lease of life, I'm going to be searching for collars soon, thank you for a brilliant tip! I think the device Bridget's mum demonstrated was called 'oef it off' (french spelling not up to par!) I think that was the funniest scene in the film!

    • StyleGuile
      October 12, 2012 / 6:00 pm

      Hi Sharon – great, you can come and make me laugh inappropriately in the middle of something!H&M has lots of sparkly collars if you fancy a little more bling.

  8. Anonymous
    October 12, 2012 / 12:09 pm

    Please can you let me know what colour the Cashmilion jumper is from M&S as it doesn't seem to resemble anything on their site? Thanks!

    • StyleGuile
      October 12, 2012 / 6:02 pm

      Hi, this one was navy but it just looks more of a royal blue when photographed. Sorry! They come in lots of colours and are so reasonably priced and soft too that they are worth taking a look at. H&M now has cashmere in too – £34.99 for a jumper, which is great. Fewer colours but lovely and soft.

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