Mum on the Run – Pictures of one or two Bicester purchases – although not the ones I’d hoped to bring you…

I can’t believe it! My official (11 year old) photographer has deleted all of the photos that he took for me at Bicester. Funny how children can be so organised at editing some things isn’t it but when it comes to editing other things – such as the detritus in their bedrooms – it’s a whole different story. So it is with regret that there are no photos of fabulous ankle boots, handbags on so on. Oh well, better get myself back to Bicester pronto to rectify the situation.


So, as to the few bits that I bought whilst there, this printed top from Joules caught my eye. I’m on a bit of a nautical theme at the moment – which I know is a cliché, particularly in the summer holidays, but you can’t beat a good cliché. It was reduced from £50 to £14 and I thought that it would work well with jeans and cut offs and generally when I was kicking around with the children.


The same goes for this skirt, which was also from Joules and which also cost £14. I seem to be spending a lot of time getting on and off the trampoline, complete with hose pipe in hand so that I can fill the paddling pool, before various small people jump into it (OK and on occasion various larger people, including me) and it’s important for me that I can move around and not worry too much about my clothes taking a bit of a battering.

It comes to just above my knee and worn with flip flops or my pink scholl sandals and a vest top, I think that this will sort me out on a sunny day. I also found a nice denim skirt in Hobbs NW3 but for some reason denim skirts always seem to fit too high on the waist which results in them not being very flattering. I toyed with the idea but knew that if it was a case of choosing on any given day between the skirt above, or the Hobbs one, the one above would win. So the Hobbs one stayed in the store.

Finally I bought a sequinned cardigan from the White Company, which was reduced from £85 to £25. You know I think that you can never have too many sequins in your wardrobe! I will wear this in a very dressed down way over the summer, perhaps styling it in a slightly more formal way come the autumn.

And this is what I wore today. It was my second outfit of the day. The first one comprised a knee length dress with a navy and white spotty cagoul over it and navy and white spotty wellies with it. Talk about spot overload. I was taking my sis to the station this morning and it was throwing it down. She thought that I looked like I should be going to Glasto rather than B’ham New St. I found it quite impressive that the wellies gave me a blister when all I did was drive in them.

Later I changed into a pair of jeans that I found when trawling through my jeans the other day to find some to make into shorts. I also wore a silk Fat Face top, navy Mango bag and red Topshop shoes. Having tidied everything to within an inch of its life in the house I am resigned to wearing one pair of shoes for the rest of the summer or else I will spoil the look of the well organised shoe basket. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – sometimes I despair of myself (but at least the shoe basket looks good).



  1. The Flaky Fashionista
    July 24, 2013 / 10:19 am

    LOL! Do I spot a fellow 'Monica'?! Completely understand … I have been known to stand in front of my perfectly ordered & ironed wardrobe in my dressing gown, feeling positively annoyed that I have to upset it all so that I can get dressed!!!

    • StyleGuile
      July 28, 2013 / 6:55 pm

      So did that mean that you stayed in your dressing gown all day? Sadly life in this house doesn't permit too much Monica like behaviour but I fear that it's not far beneath the surface!

  2. Sharon S
    July 24, 2013 / 2:07 pm

    Hi there-love your new denim skirt and your Cami top in the last picture is lovely and looks great with jeans!!

    • StyleGuile
      July 28, 2013 / 6:56 pm

      Hi Sharon, thanks – that's v kind of you. The pockets on the denim skirt are great for playing tennis with the kids. Not quite being of Wimbledon standard, we needs lots of balls!

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