In so many of my posts - especially UK holiday ones, I mention my Uniqlo ultra light down jacket. In fact I've mentioned it so many times that I decided it needed a post of its very own.
Problem is Uniqlo have changed the design this year. Sooo annoying!
First of all a little background. I love to look smart and really admire bloggers who wear lovely fitted blazers and I do own a couple but most of the time they just don't work for my lifestyle. Now do these ladies really wear these dresses and jackets all day every day? To do the housework? When I started my blog I wanted it to be a realistic representation of day to day fashion for a fifty year old housewife and mother. I hope I am achieving this.
Last year I invested in a Barbour International jacket in black. I spent quite a bit of time choosing as I wanted it to be warm but also smart and stylish. I love it, it is very warm indeed but it had one little problem, it has no hood. Why not? I don't understand why the designers don't put in a simple hood hidden in the collar.
I'd already purchased an ultra light down jacket from Uniqlo the previous year but again, no hood (see photos further down). Now I am often out and about and my umbrella is always 'in the car' never with me and if I am running from errand to errand I just want to be able to cover my hair to avoid the dreaded frizz. Along with my shopping bags and bags for life by the way - always 'in the car'.
Last year for my 50th birthday I had a lovely day out with my family and my younger sister was wearing a very gorgeous khaki colour jacket - with a hood - and from Uniqlo.
The next time I was in Westfield London I stopped by Uniqlo and purchased a navy blue jacket with a hood and I have worn it and worn it. It tends to suit autumn, spring and even summer rather than really cold winter days - but when it is really cold it doesn't often rain so then out comes the Barbour as it is warmer. I do sometimes layer it up though - when it has been really cold I wear it under my North Face coat, it is so lightweight that it is possible to do that and not feel like an eskimo.
Then my daughter started borrowing it! So off we went to Uniqlo a few weeks ago to get her one and guess what - they have changed the design. The shiny fabric has been replaced with a matt finish and sorry but I just don't like it as much. They still have the shiny fabric - but with no hood!
Anyway, do take a look if you are passing Uniqlo or have a browse online. I understand that stylish Parisian ladies buy their 'vests' in the ultra light down and wear them under their smart jackets - maybe that is what the other bloggers I follow do?!
They are warm and easy to pack - you can literally squash them into a bag, backpack or suitcase and always have it with you.
In the meantime I am on the lookout for something similar for my daughter or mine will be missing when I need it!
Here are a few ideas with a similar price tag to Uniqlo:
Next have a 'packable jacket' in a choice of 4 colours - see here.
Decathlon have x-light trekking jacket by Quechua - see here.
Zalando have one in their 'essentials' range - see here.
Last week I posted about buying my first Louis Vuitton handbag - take a look here, but it got me thinking about how my tastes have changed regarding jewellery and accessories as I have got older!
In my handbag post I said it had been a toss up between a designer handbag and a diamond necklace for my 50th birthday - I had decided on the diamond.
What I've noticed is that I now prefer simplicity. I want simple outfits with simple accessories. Classy, chic, stylish. A uniform of sorts. I am still working on perfecting the capsule wardrobe but I have a much clearer idea of what I like these days.
My jewellery drawer has had a good sort out and will be culled even more in the coming weeks as I sort out my wardrobe for the new season. I no longer want statement necklaces or beads, I want simple gold or silver jewellery that can be worn every day, that can be layered and that goes with everything.
I am currently loving my Nomination bracelets. I have two, one with charms and one just a simple style to co-ordinate and layer as a stack with my other bracelets which include some Tiffany beads and a Hot Diamonds chain with heart.
I have a silver Pandora ring, and of course my diamond engagement ring. I love my Olivia Burton watch and as they are such reasonable prices I am very tempted to get another one to add another colour option!
So that is me keeping it simple! Hope it gives you some ideas!
And don't forget this week I have an exclusive 15% discount at Sweat-Bea - an excellent online scarf and accessories shop - use the code FIFTYANDFAB15 at check out.
I love their bracelets, if you like my Tiffany beads, Sweat-Bea have lots of really simple styles here.
PS How gorgeous are the colours of these new scarves in at Sweet-Bea?! I might just have to use my discount again before Monday! FIFTYANDFAB15
Last year I was lucky enough to work with a fabulous online scarf and accessories shop, I met Kate of Sweet-Bea on Instagram and I am very impressed by her website and stylish products. This year I am again able to offer my lovely followers an exclusive 15% discount from Sweet-Bea - but first of all here is a little selection of the new stock.
I chose two scarves to show you. First of all burgundy and pom poms! What a great combination for autumn. Who doesn't love a pom pom and burgundy just shouts out autumn colouring to me! This pom pom scarf is so soft and not too bulky so ideal for 'now' that inbetween not hot, not cold but just need something extra as it can be a bit draughty.
I wore it for lunch at The River Cafe in Hammersmith. Perfect with my Pretty Ballerina's!
It was a very grey day in Hammersmith! Even more grey with the wall and the path! But you get the idea - my burgundy accessories brightened it all up!
There are lots of other pom pom scarves at Sweet-Bea to choose from!
The other scarf I am showing you is a slightly thicker and bigger, very soft and a lovely mix of autumn colours. This is the camouflage super soft scarf also burgundy but other colours available.
This is going to be another great colour combination for my wardrobe this season as it combines my favourites of two different shades of burgundy, cream and grey.
Here I am wearing it with a casual outfit - a stripe breton and blue jeans.
There are lots of fabulous scarves on the website as well as some really pretty jewellery and other accessories. Great time to be thinking about presents too!
I'll show you some more styling ideas and top picks from Sweet-Bea later in the week but do pop over to their website and use the code FIFTYANDFAB15 at checkout for a 15% discount off of all orders until Monday 9th October.
My plan this week is to spend some time getting my wardrobe tidy again - moving the last of the summer stuff out and seeing what gaps I have in my autumn wardrobe!
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