The 12 outfits of Christmas (and New Year) – The Whistles Camouflage Skirt (and preparing for a gathering)


I think I’m coming to the end of my 12 outfits of Christmas by now. This is probably about the 14th or 15th but hey, whose counting? I have had the Whistles camouflage skirt for a few months but haven’t got around to wearing it until now. I really like the blues and pinks in it as, despite it being camouflage, they are really pretty. I bought this pale blue Topshop cropped jumper to go with it as the only other one that I had seen in the right colour was in Reiss and it was ridiculously expensive. The clutch is also Whistles, the tights are M&S Autograph and the shoes are the Lacey court by Carvela. I would include links but everything is pretty much out of stock now.

Mr …

… has declared that we’re not allowed to call tomorrow’s get together a “party” but instead it is to be called a “gathering”. I’m not quite sure of the reason for this, other than the fact that he was ambushed with the whole idea once the eldest and I had decided that there was going to be a “gathering” whether he liked the idea or not. (Actually he’s secretly delighted because for once he won’t be outnumbered by women but he just won’t admit it.)

In typical husband/wife fashion, we have assumed our respective roles. Mr SG has been to the butcher to buy meat for the chilli – “for the boys” – and has used a Jamie recipe he’s had his eye on for a while and which takes five and a half hours to cook.  He has also been to buy beer (and the rest of the alcohol in fairness). This is what I have done so far….

I know! Impressive huh?! But, whilst we’re on the subject of being fair, in fairness to me I did also ask Mr SG to buy fizz for “the girls” AND I have made a huge slab of millionaires shortbread. What more does a party need apart from fizz and millionaires shortbread? Exactly! My contribution hasn’t taken five and half hours – but it was a Nigella recipe – although I didn’t add any “special” ingredient that she may have chosen to add either to herself, or the recipe, to improve it.  This is Birmingham for goodness sake! 

Actually I have done slightly more than that  (I’ve put some crackers in a jam jar and put up some more fairy lights) but more importantly I should point out that Mr SG isn’t miserable at all and is actually a fantastic host. Far, far better than I am. I’ve taken to putting all the food out and all the drinks in one fridge and telling everyone just to help themselves or otherwise I forget to feed or water them, which is pretty rubbish as a host. It’s totally unintentional. I think that I just get distracted with chatting and doing random things like checking that we have enough toilet rolls out.

So with that sorted (I need to stay in Mr SGs good books so that the boys keep away from the millionaires shortbread) I wish you all a really Happy New Year. I hope that you have fun at whatever party (or gathering) you are attending. Here’s to much more fun and fashion in 2014! x


  1. Mrsmac
    December 30, 2013 / 10:20 pm

    Lol! Hope you have a great "gathering" look forward to reading your blog in 2014 happy new year for Wednesday!

    • StyleGuile
      January 8, 2014 / 9:14 pm

      Hi Mrs Mac – hope that you had a good New Year too and thanks for your comments over the years! Beth

  2. GlamRosie
    January 1, 2014 / 5:12 pm

    Happy New Year Beth! Hope you all had a lovely night. That skirt is gorgeous on you x

    • StyleGuile
      January 8, 2014 / 9:15 pm

      Hi Natalie – Happy New Year to you too, we had a great night. Christmas and New Year seems such a long time ago now doesn't it? Thanks re the skirt honey! x

  3. Laura Ward
    January 1, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Love this look! Super chic x x xSTYLE STACK – A personal style blogSTYLE STACK – A personal style blogSTYLE STACK – A personal style blog

    • StyleGuile
      January 8, 2014 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Laura. I'm guessing that your blog is called Style Stack?!

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