The beauty of an uber big coat on a very cold day – and how to train boys to look after handbags!


We’ve had snow! It wasn’t a huge amount and it hasn’t settled but needless to say it was really, really cold here today. My friend and I ran for nearly two hours in it and despite wearing three layers, two of which were pretty thick, it still wasn’t that warm. After returning home, I showered and headed straight into town to do some work and some jeans research (more on that tomorrow hopefully) but I also went to town because I have found that, after a long run, it is better to keep moving.

When it was time to do the school run, it was still freezing and I was grateful to have my Whistles parka. Luckily it is large enough to throw over any other jacket I may be wearing that day without making me feel squidged like a sausage in a skin . It wasn’t something that I bore in mind when buying it but it’s actually really handy to have a coat big enough to accommodate what you have on already, without having to take a layer off – which obviously totally defeats the object on a cold day.

The pockets are great too and they mean that I can stuff everything in them whilst leaving my handbag at home. Today however I didn’t have time to decant everything into my pockets. When the car is full, as it was today, there isn’t space for my bag to have its own seat so I had a dilemma. Abandon a child so that the bag can have a seat or ask a 12 year old boy to sit with my bag on his knee? I took the latter option. I did feel slightly bad for my son’s friend but then I figured that it was good training for later in life – and quite possibly better than abandoning him at the railway station or making him sit on the roof. Handbags deserve respect! I do feel though, that I ought to mention it to his Mum, just in case she wonders from where he has gained his newly acquired knowledge of (semi) designer handbags!

In addition to the Whistles Parka I was wearing the Whistles Annabel jacket and Whistles jeans, Topshop pale blue jumper and belt, Zara boots and Jigsaw necklace.


  1. Anonymous
    January 30, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    Really wish I had got this coat so feeling green with envy – which is fetching given that I am already blue with cold. Hx

    • StyleGuile
      January 31, 2014 / 8:44 pm

      That sounds like a lovely colour combination! I think that there are some lurking somewhere still – House of Fraser has had a few odd ones recently but I'm sure that there will be others around. I like some of the Topshop ones!

    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2014 / 10:03 pm

      Ooh thanks for that….may have to put in a call…Hx

  2. I won't wear sludge brown
    January 31, 2014 / 1:17 pm

    Abandon the child most definitely! Running for two hours? Wow I'm not sure whether to be envious or thankful it wasn't me.Love your outfit, the Whistles parka is ace. Donna x

    • StyleGuile
      January 31, 2014 / 8:42 pm

      Hi Donna – A woman after my own heart! If I were you I would be thankful – it's not a pretty sight in so many ways! Thanks re the outfit, the Whistles parka is proving very useful right now. Have a great weekend!

  3. Anonymous
    January 31, 2014 / 3:56 pm

    Love that parka. Tried it on today but my usual size was enormous, the next size down was still enormous! I would need a 10.

    • StyleGuile
      January 31, 2014 / 8:39 pm

      Oooh you did well to find one! Where was it? They are huge – mine is an 8 but having lanky arms, I found it better than the 6. Wish I had the same leg issue!!! Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Anonymous
    February 1, 2014 / 11:42 pm

    House of Fraser Dublin! Pity there was no 10's left. The arms are not a generous length either you are right. I was sweating trying them on, so warm. Tried on the new Alfie but weird sleeves again, nice colour though blacky navy.

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