CF Christmas: Jour pour Femme by Hugo Boss

I have had to delay my post on this fragrance, as for the last two weeks I haven’t been able to smell a thing! GREAT on the nappy changing front, not so good when you want to review a new perfume!

As a teen I was OBSESSED with Hugo Boss Deep Red, so was intrigued when I received a sample of Hugo Boss’ new fragrance, Jour Pour Femme to try. The reason I’ve included it in my CF Christmas series is because I think it would be perfect as a fragrance to gift. Normally I would steer clear of suggesting buying perfume as a present, unless you are told specifically what they like to wear, as it is such a personal thing. However, this would be perfect for a new partner, or perhaps someone you don’t know so well (a mother in law, boss, friend’s partner etc) as it is a great, easy, everyday fragrance.

I am all for the big ballsy fragrances; my dressing table is covered with Tom Ford Black Orchid, Mary Greenwell Lemon and Diptyque Volutes – all punchy, ‘HELLO! SMELL ME’ scents, which I truly adore. But sometimes its nice to have a fragrance to hand that you wear, rather than wears you. You know?

Jour Pour Femme is really light and clean and feminine. All white florals (honeysuckle, freesia, lily of the valley) and citrus bursts (grapefruit and lime). It’s not cloying and very modern in its floral profile and the zestiness keeps it light. To me, it just made me feel like I smelt good, rather than I smelt specifically of ‘something’ and I’ve had loads of ‘oooh, you smell nice’ comments this week to prove it.

The 50ml EDP is current on sale at The Perfume Shop at £39.99 (£10 off)


CF Buys: Ash studded metallic leather sneakers – from The Outnet

Be still my beating heart.

It is not often that a piece of clothing makes my pulse quicken but by George did I get palpitations when I clapped eyes on this pair of beauties:

As the photo suggests, I ordered them IMMEDIATELY and they arrived today – on sale at The Outnet down from £155 to £80. I wrote about my ASH wedge trainers in spring and I have worn them to death, so feel quite justified in snapping up this vajazzled, seasonal update.

I cannot tell you the love I have for these leather sneakers. The rose suede trim, matte silver studding, metallic sports-luxe leather… the only thing I’m not sure about is the ‘pre-loved’ sole that has been discoloured/scuffed so they look worn in. To me they just look grubby, but hey-ho.

It hasn’t dampened my ardor that much… if feet could talk these would be VERY happy indeed.

Ash studded metallic leather sneakers, £80 down from £155 at The Outnet now.

CF Family: proper little boys’ flannel pyjamas

After my autumnal wardrobe splurge, next in line is Country Bebe. You can keep your frilly dresses and cute hair ribbons, the main sartorial perk of being a Mother Of Boys (MOB) is that you get to give them side partings each night when they are bath-fresh, then put them in proper old-fashion flannel pyjamas.

Here’s CB in last winter’s pair from John Lewis:

The evenings are getting noticably chillier, which has sparked this season’s hunt for a couple of new pairs. I love this Ralph checked set from The Little White Company (£24)

Ralph Check Boys’ pyjamas £24

I know CB would opt for this amazing dinosaur pair (his new favourite word) from John Lewis

Dinosaur pyjama set £15

And my personal favourites, this gorgeous nautical, fair trade cotton pair from The Pyjama Store:

Newport pyjamas, £22


The onesie for grown-ups – from the Toast 80% off archive sale

Yes, you heard. I’ve bought a onesie. But a beautiful one(sie) from Toast, courtesy of their incredible 80% off archive sale.

It was £25, instead of £90! I’m imagining it with some black Jackie O shades, floppy sunhat and my black Pierre Hardy for Gap sandals as a chic beach cover-up alternative.

God it looks comfy doesn’t it? Altho begs the question – how do you get in/out of it?

There are a few bits and bobs left in the Archive sale, so it’s worth taking a look. Also their gloriously cool linen sheets are on sale too – plus this incredible unglazed terracotta bracelet I’m sorely tempted by but that I know I’d smash.

CF Loves: The Linen Works


Rainclouds included – how British!

How beautiful are these shots that landed in my inbox today from The Linen Works, of their new limited edition collection?

If you don’t know the brand they are firmly on my interiors holy grail, wish list. Effortless, timeless, crumpled natural linens for the bedroom, dining table and bathroom. They remind me of the linen closet at my husband’s family home on the Amalfi Coast. Some of the sheets are carefully monogrammed with his great grandparents’ initials. They have been washed and washed, then dried in the Southern Italian heat. In short, they are cashmere soft and contribute to the Best. Sleep. Ever.

If it turns out you don’t have access to a trousseau of antique linens – The Linen Works collection are the next best thing. Yes they are an expensive investment (keep an eye out for the sale though, bargains are there to be had), but these linens are true heirloom pieces in their own right, fit for my great grandchildren, I hope.

P.s. the beautiful summer collection was shot in Mudeford in Dorset – where the OH and I are off to next month to review Christchurch Harbour Hotel for!


My Wardrobe sale bargain: Ash Wedge Trainers

So, I finally succumbed to the siren calls of the Wedge Trainer and splashed out on this gorgeous pair from the originators of the sport luxe trend – ASH.

My justification? They were a much less eye-watering £87, compared to their full price of £175, in the My Wardrobe sale (they don’t have any left but if you’re quick The Outnet has them at £95).

My other justification is that everyone I know who is shod in a pair of these NEVER regrets it, in fact a couple I know have bought multiple pairs so fervent is their love for the style.

I can see why – I love the tough high-top, suede look balanced with the feminine wedge and pretty plum/stone colourways. Plus, they weirdly make my HUGE size UK 9 feet look really dainty. Even my sister did a double-take today and pointed it out.

So far I’ve been wearing them with my off-duty mum uniform of skinny waxed black jeans, white shirt (always Gap) and men’s cashmere jumper (Uniqlo for a perfect grey marl). I’d like to try them with ribbed grey tights and a chambray shirt dress, ooh or with a black jersey midi dress and denim jacket come spring… See? All the justification I need…



Whistles and COS Sales haul

I’m not 100% sure what’s come over me – in some sort of frenzied, out of body (and certainly out of my mind) fashion binge I’ve clocked up: 3 new dresses, a pair of boots, a scarf and a washed silk t-shirt this week alone. This from the woman who usually buys 3-4 key pieces each season and wears them To. Death.

These two gorgeous knits were half price from COS online (that’s my defence and I’m sticking to it), I love the deep leather pockets on the forest green one; perfect to stash all the tissues, tractors and fruit bars that I generally have about my person as a Mother Of A Boy:

I’m planning on wearing this with my marl grey ribbed tights and black Chelsea boots.

Next up is the Mark Lupfer for Whistles neon heart scarf that I ummed and ahhhed about in the shop on Wednesday and then promptly ordered as soon as I got home – it was £30 down from £55. Perfect knotted at the neck of my navy wool pea coat.

And here’s the rest of my Whistles haul: a simple orange jersey day dress for Italy this spring. OH is from the Amalfi Coast and this will be perfect to pack with my Pierre Hardy for Gap sandals for an easy, throw-on beach/lunch/shopping look. I like the ‘sports luxe’ feel, dropped waist, more practical pockets and exposed zip.

I’ve been looking for a smart, black top to wear with my new season obsession: print trousers. This loose-fit washed silk, black t-shirt is the perfect balance. A staple for my SS13 work wardrobe. I love the dropped back and keyhole detail.

Finally, my love for Clarks just keeps on growing – these all-leather tan Chelsea boots were super comfy from the first wear and great for our daily stomp to the beach (£27.99 from £60).

And still I’m not sated – my finger is hovering over the ‘buy’ button for these ASH wedge trainer beauties on The Outnet (they’re £88! down from £160!). MUST. RESIST.




SALE: Cox & Cox


Quick! Pick up your mouse and get to Cox & Cox – they’ve got an up to 60% sale on. I don’t usually need an excuse to visit this brilliant online store but if I did, this would be it.Pick from beautiful, practical things for the house and garden (think Brissi, Graham & Green, Pedlars et al); proper old fashioned toys (I refuse to buy the little people in my life plastic tat) and a great section of wedding stationery/accessories (chic place names, signs, lanterns etc).

I’ll be snapping up these bargain-ous hanging pumpkin votives (£13.20 for two) and stringing them from the apple tree in my garden for late evening swings in my hammock.

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