The Fash Flash: Wet Weather Style

Since I’ve been on maternity leave, I have barely used our car. Firstly I wasn’t allowed to drive post c-section and also, Chorlton has everything I need within walking distance. We also have one very old car that Pete uses to run to work and my three door car. So we can continue to re-do the house and because we don’t really need 2 cars right now, we’ve opted not to to buy a new one (as we had planned) when Bea arrived. Why am I telling you this? Because it left me in the market for a new coat. Coats are cheaper than cars.

Joules Waterproof Parka £129 // Petit Bateau Iconic Raincoat £132 // Boden Rainy Day Mac £119
Seasalt Snowdrop Coat £140 // Seasalt Dayboard 3 in 1 jacket £150 // Helly Hansen W Kirkwall Rain Coat £100

The particularly warm and dry September and most of October we have had meant I didn’t really think about my need for wet weather gear (who was I kidding, I live in Manchester!) But after getting soaked through to my skin pushing the pram back from a baby class 2 weeks ago, the search came sharply to the forefront of my mind. I wanted an actually waterproof coat, but something that also looked stylish. Perhaps unusually, I also didn’t need something super warm as I have a heavy duty waterproof(ish) parka that will be coming out in my winter capsule. This was more of a spring/english summer/autumn piece.

I actually made my first purchase (this Boat Coat) from Seasalt after being recommended their coats but I was really disappointed by how frumpy I felt in it. It just wasn’t ‘me’ and although I like lots of their coats, none really fitted the bill. Next I combed the slightly more fashion led brands like Boden and Joules and google searched, which led me to some surprisingly good looking options.

Boden Short Rainy Day Mac £110

After spotting someone wearing a lovely yellow coat I was reminded of my yellow raincoat from ASOS. Now that it’s stood the test of time and remained one of my favourite jackets, I decided it was time to invest in the real deal and purchased the yellow one above. It arrived yesterday and I LOVE it. It’s got grey detailing, playful oversized buttons, a fleece lining (not too thick, but cosy) and smart pleat detail to the back. I opted not to get a longer length as they just don’t suit me and I don’t mind getting my legs wet.

So readers, do you do rainy day outerwear? I like the Helly Hansen Mac here too for city types.

Happy weekend!


The Fash Flash: Your Holiday Wardrobe

Before my recent holiday to South Africa I found I needed to stock up on a few things and although I was looking for a few treats and a few necessary items, I realised a lot of them formed the backbone of the holiday essentials everyone needs, so I thought I’d share them here. This trip was varied with fancy restaurants and hiking in one, had the possibility of unpredictable weather, and of course, I wanted to look half decent without buying things I would never wear again. Here are my solutions…

The Bikini: Not having splashed out last year due to poor weather it was high time I picked up some new swimwear. I bought a Florence Oversize Frill Bandeau bikini in this neon coral and blue flower print, with frilled bottoms, but Accessorize have a great range of Missoni or J.Crew-esque zig zag prints or stripes too.

The pick-me-up lipstick: Remember me saying I wanted an orange-red lipstick? This one appealed because it was more of a sheen, lighter for sunny days on holiday, but also non-staining so I wouldn’t look odd after it wore off or even the next day.

The go-everywhere dress: I wore it belted, loose, with and without heels. Great investment. Second Female, Guess Dress, Atterley Road. Expect a wear-it-two-ways coming soon.

The seasonal flats: Another thing I didn’t update last year as they simply didn’t wear out. I went for on-trend metallic look silver for a change from my usual gold styles, from Topshop.

The perfect Orange-Red nail polish: Essie Meet Me at Sunset.

The travelling bag: A cross body bag in the softest grey leather, which took me from plane (roomy enough for all my essentials,) to beach, to town and beyond. I didnt worry about it being slung in the overhead locker, or by my feet in the car and it was comfortable. Although not cheap, It was simple and perfectly my style so worth the investment as my summer go-everywhere tote.

The showerproof jacket: Knowing the weather would be temperamental and I may well get wet, I bought this sunny and cheap Coated Cotton Parka from ASOS. I found out it wasn’t ‘waterproof’ in a downpour, but to be honest I don’t think much is without buying all-weather gear and I wanted something that would work in spring showers at home too. It did the job and kept me warm enough on many an evening trip out to restaurants etc when cooler weather descended.

The essential scarf: I have never invested in a quality scarf and ordered this thinking I would choose a cheaper alternative I had sen. When it came to it, the print and wool/silk mix made the quality well worth the price and I wore it non-stop for the first 4-5 days of our holiday when the weather was cooler as well as on the plane to sleep and wrap up, then later on safari. Mynuka Peacock Printed Scarf (in blue/grey), Atterley Road

Things I didn’t buy but always take with me.
1. A pair of casual trainers. I dislike planning activities ahead but like to be prepared so I always take a pair of lace ups for comfort and safety when walking up waterfalls, hiking through forests, or walking Cheetah’s 😉
2. A Hat. I forgot mine, but sorely missed my foldable straw number to keep the sun off my face on the beach and around.

So readers, will you be making any pre-holiday investments this year and do you have any must have’s for travelling?


Triple Temptation: Yellow Coats

Head turned: Coated Cotton Parka, ASOS £55 // Second Glance: Tutorat coat, Petit Bateau at Atterley Road £126 // Love at first sight: Boat Jacket, Superdry £99

I’m debuting a little mini-feature today, Triple Temptation. I often spot similar items that I love, at different price points and often with small distinguishing features that make one so much more covetable than another. So I have decided to group them and share the love as they crop up.

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted a yellow coat, specifically for spring showers. It just seems so suited to the cheerful mood that a bit of spring sunshine brings and of course retains its cheer when the sun goes in and rain inevitably takes over. Rainproofing would be an added bonus. 😉

Do you wear a rain coat?


PS Thanks to Jessie at Sweet Thing for the post inspiration.

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