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1 Oct 2012

The Topshop Army Jacket

Another jacket photographed on a cobbled street.

This was a cheeky Topshop purchase made purely because I had seen so many people in this style of jacket and loved it. Most of the high street stores do a version of it - even Primark has a lovely one that I couldn't find in store - but I went with Topshop's.

I got this in a size 10 and I am glad I did. I heard that the leather arms run small and when you are wearing knitwear it can end in some frustrating stuffing. Like most Topshop things it's overpriced by about £10 but it has served me well and whilst I don't exactly need a winter coat in Dubai, it's going to be good for December weather. I just love that combination of textures too - if it makes me feel cool, it can do the same for you :)

Looking at these photos makes me feel almost nostalgic. It was so nice to wear cosy clothes for a few days. I am now back in the maxi dresses and shorts and dressing for summer. I guess I shouldn't complain too much about that because being cold and heading to work in the dark isn't anything to write home about. And of course the best part of being back is spending time with Roger. I am pleased to report that he is happy and well and has definitely put on a little bit of weight. He has grown so much in just a week! I am trying not to talk too much about him but it's fair to say I am dog mad.

Anyway, on to the photos!

Jacket: Topshop - Link!
T-shirt dress: Mango - Link!
Blatant McQueen ripoff scarf in nice colour combo: Primark
Leggings: American Apparel
Boots: Isabel Marant
Bag: Alexander Wang - Link! 

PS: Since I last spoke to you I have read The Perks of Being a Wallflower (an easy read that is equal parts funny and emotional - and something I wanted to read before I watched the film)  and started a new skincare routine. I can't wait to share the latter. I suffer from (majorly) dehydrated skin at the moment and need a lot of TLC to get in back into a balanced state but I think the products I have used so far are helping me get there. That and cutting back on the gin.

I honestly know nothing about skincare so sought advice from a professional - Caroline of Beautymouth and a few days later my skin is looking less parched and feeling more plump. That's the good news. The bad news is that the majority of the products are pricey and definitely more than I would have spent in the past. Still lets see if they continue to work their magic and if they do I might have to suck it up and splash out.

To be continued.... :)

See you all soon!


  1. like similar combination!

    Polly with love

  2. I seem to love everything Mango these days. I am planning a major haul from their online outlet. I love this look on you and you're right, seeing you in October on this kind of background feels right.
    I cannot wait to hear everything about your new routine, I haven't managed to find the Reve de Miel cream that you recommended on twitter anywhere, so I hope I have better luck finding your new saviours.

  3. Love the jacket ah! Might need to get one now...

    Also I loved Perks! I literally read it in a few hours and the ending was very interesting and unexpected! Quite excited for the film now xx

  4. Love this stye of jacket, i picked up the primark one the other day


  5. Love this jacket... And I adore the way you paired everything! I'll have one of everything you're wearing please?! :)

  6. Love the outfit! xx


  7. Jacket looks amazing on you! Zara has some nice ones too :) might be looking into that this weekend

  8. Love the outfit, that jacket is so cool! I read Perks too, and now I need to watch the movie!

    Keep calm and carry lipstick.

  9. Looks lovely on you! I've been looking for the cheaper Primark version too but still not found it! xx


  10. Cute jacket! FYI - I had majorly dehydrated and freaking-out skin a few months back. Now swear by Lush's Ultrabland - plumps up your skin and keeps it lovely and soft!

  11. Lovely jacket. Looking forward to hearing about your new skincare routine x

  12. Jacket link takes me to the Mango dress, I need that jacket in my life!

  13. I picked up the Primark version of this jacket last week and I'm pleasantly surprised by it! It's good quality for the price and I haven't had it off my back!
    Great outfit, very effortlessly chic :)



  14. I looove this jacket! I need to get one like that, gorgeous!

  15. great outfit and the jacket is perfection!!!! october is the perfect time for black tights too!!!
    thanks for sharing :)

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  16. Love this jacket!
    Happy Monday Hun xoxo

  17. Oooh can't wait to hear about your new skincare routine! :D
    I read Perks too and enjoyed it a lot. Absolutely loved all the characters in the story but was so surprised by the ending! Definitely made me think twice before I judge someone/something.

    xx Veronica


  18. Love the coat! And I love fall weather too:) I'm in a cozy sweater today :) hugs to roger


  19. Love the jacket, you find the best photo settings. Been absolutely loving Caroline's blog for a few months now, so much information on there. Have just brought the Hydraluron today after all her raves. Looking forward to your skincare post!!! :)

  20. I think I like the Zara version of this much better! It looks nice 0on you though! xx

  21. nice to see you wearing something from mango, i love that store! and it's spanish ;) i'm intrigued by those kinda jackets too, they are opening a bigger and better primark near me so i might go and hunt it down x

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  24. Love the outfit. That jacket is right up my alley!
    I read Perks too, and now I need to watch the movie.

  25. Love the jacket and your boots! xx

  26. i love it! your jacket is great! you look amazing.

  27. Love the outfit,especially the your scarf, and boots. I am more curvy and need more structure in a jacked.I will be getting the scarf. A lovely post!

    1. I agree! The scarf is really cute and perfect for the season.

  28. I don't have a topshop anywhere near me so I have been looking online and drooling!

  29. I've been LOVING the contrasting sleeves this fall/winter. I got a jacket from Zara that is just opposite of that - army sleeves, leather body - but I have to say I like your combo better. I also have a trench coat from Bebe with leather sleeves so I guess that's my fix. Can't wait for it to be a bit colder here so I can wear it. Glad to hear Roger is happily adjusting and growing up so fast :)


  30. I love the leather arms on this jacket! So cool. xx


  31. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an amazing book! I'm really worried about the film though, looks a bit crap to me. I'll probably still watch it though and try to remain open-minded.

  32. Adore the contrast of the leather and jacket material, beautiful! Plus the scarf is very cool:-). xo


  33. I managed to find the exact same jacket in Primark (good quality as well!) for £25, bargain :) x

    :: LUCYSLUXE ::

  34. I love the leather arms on the jacket!! It doesn't look like a size 10 at all!!


  35. Oops just noticed you already mentioned the Primark one in your post, my bad haha! X

    :: LUCYSLUXE ::

  36. Your jacket is amazing:) Love it! Xx

  37. love the combination of material in this jacket ! x

  38. Lovely jacket.


  39. Adore your jacket! And the colour scheme of the Primarni skull scarf is actually pretty nice, haha.



  40. LOVE this jacket, love it even more on you!! You look great as always x

  41. Oh, chat about your puppy anytime! I think there are enough dog lovers here .. yes?

    And besides, I just took my dog for swimming lessons this past Saturday!
    Yes, he can swim, but he has fallen in the pool twice and did a most panicked dog paddle, so just working on confidence. He also has arthritis in his elbows .. so swimming is good exercise for him now that I can't do agility training :-(

  42. Gorgeous as always Laura! So glad Roger is doing well! :) x

  43. I have this jacket and did love it but after about a month one of the pleather sleeves has started to come away at the join. I'll need to get it restitched. Sleeves aren't even tight! Topshop quality strikes again.

  44. Love this jacket, just like the Zara one from months ago. It's gorgeous!

    Beth @ Beth-Bradley.blogspot.co.uk

  45. love love love that jacket and the photos! you're so pretty

    from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

    ps. enter my new giveaway to win a dixi arrow bracelet. it's worldwide, too! :)

  46. whilst i want to hate you for bringing attention to this gorgeous jacket and my now urgent need to buy it, i have to thank you! it's gorgeous and you wear it so well! i really think i need to get my hands on this (or a version of it) before i cry! it's so nice to hear about your puppy as well so don't be sorry for it! :) (any pictures are most welcome - he's adorable!) and glad to hear you liked the perks of being a wallflower. i read it about 2/3 years ago and fell in love instantly so can't wait to see the film! (although not quite happy with the choice of emma watson...) please let us know your thoughts on the movie! :) X


  47. You are simply stunning <3
    Xxx from Italy



  48. Zara did on similar to this, and i miss the chance to buy, so i will defiantly be picking up this little beauty, and i imagine once i do i'll blog about it! x

  49. LOVE!! So glad to see you back on London streets!

  50. I've been lusting after this jacket for ages but they don't have any left in any Dublin Topshop! :( Very upsetting!

    Orla xx

  51. What do you think about sizing? I am size 36 but they recommended me size 38. Are Topshop's jacketsbig or small sizing?

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