This is going to be a post about...jumpers....yep :) And in light of my current location I shouldn't really be posting about jumpers - let alone buying them - but here we are.
This has been motivated by two things:
a) I have been wearing them a lot over the last couple of days and
b) I keep eyeing them up online, dreaming of cosy evenings and forgetting about that whole commuting to and from work in the dark thing I used to "enjoy".
With regards to a), as Dubai gets cooler I can just about wear knits with shorts and light bottoms and actually it's worked out - I get to feel like I am getting involved with Winter fashion by feeling cosy but not so cosy that Mitchum threatens stops working altogether.
I will show you the two that have been on rotation.
The first one to be featured is from Mango and I got this from ASOS when I popped back to the UK.
Now let's have a moment to praise Mango for what they have done this season...
(closes eyes, ponders Mango)
It's really impressive and they have lots of military blazers and jackets that I would love to get my mitts on. I settled for this waffle knit...
From the front it looks okay...nothing special....but it's all about the back and the buttons that run the length of the jumper. Part of me is also tempted to switch this round and adopt it as a cardigan - I am sure this is very possible so I must give it a try!
The highly textured finish of this is lovely. Waffle knits are chunky but seem to allow the skin to breath. Three quarter length sleeves also go down a treat.
Jumper: Mango via ASOS - Link!
Next up is something I grabbed in Zara. It was the last one in store at the Mall of the Emirates branch (home of the most disinterested Zara staff in the world!)
It's just a plain grey sweatshirt - the kind you wore during PE when you were at school and slightly resented - and quite baggy and boxy. That fact is nicely contrasted with some bejazzled arm action on the sides. It catches the light beautifully and when you walk into a room everyone knows you are coming because of the jingle action :)
Jumper: Zara - can't seem to find this on the site but I got it a few weeks ago so will be/should be in store.
Both were paired with denim shorts of some kind and some flip flops....yep, you got me, I haven't been bothered the last few days :)
Now onto my lemmings. Below is my personal collection of the knits I would buy RIGHT now if I threw caution to the wind.
I must add that I really really really wanted to include some Christmas jumpers into that selection but I held back as much as I could :) I think I will channel this need for festive fun by buying Roger a reindeer outfit...won't he be pleased? :)
1. Crystal Skull Textured jumper from Topshop - Link!
I think skulls are a little overdone but there is something about this that I like. I think it's the marl finish of the fabric contrasted with the crystals. I can imagine cosying up in this on a lazy Sunday.
2. Leopard collar jumper from Oasis - Link!
Leopard and collars. Mmmm also overdone but hey, I would definitely wear this. Grey seems to be a colour I majorly gravitate towards when it comes to knitwear...I do not apologise for this :)
3. Dip dye chunky jumper from Topshop - Link!
Lets not mention anything about ombre and it's popularity shall we....it seems I like all things overdone :) Still chunky sweaters in pretty shades - I love!
4. Knitted bead necklace jumper from Topshop - Link!
I do realise that these bejazzled jumpers are not the washing machine's bezzie mates but I think they look amazing - especially when you want to feel warm but pretty.
5. Amaze jumper from ASOS - Link!
I really held back when it came to the ironic jumpers - the "Bored" one from Topshop and the Bite Me one from ASOS being particularly appealing - and in comparison to others I looked at this is pretty tame. I do wish they bring one out that says "TOTES". In fact if that exists somewhere let me know...providing it's not some ridiculously overpriced Wildfox number!
6. Crop Fisherman's jumper from ASOS - Link!
The chunky knit had me at first glance. This is hardcore cosy so I won't be buying it but I can still admire.
7. Waffle jumper in cobalt blue from Mango - Link!
Ooh my new favourite shade :) I think this looks amazing on the blonde model and it's a nice departure from my greys and pinks.
8. Sweater with woven peplum - Link!
This is jumper made pretty and who can resist a delicate peplum contrasted with a plain sweater fabric? Love!
So that's my wishlist right now - not too much to ask is it? :)
Awkward subject transition time
Now I have no way to make a related segway into the next piece of news so I am just going to blurt it out here...I bought a juicer. Yes I did watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
It's this model - Link! - and after preparing two juices I can honestly say that:
a) It's fun to make your own juices
b) When prepared fresh, it tastes absolutely glorious, but most importantly
c) Cleaning up afterwards is a bitch. There is nothing I can do with pulp when I live in a high rise building with no plants or garden.
I know that I need to get my hands on Jason Vale's books for some proper guidance but until then if you have any tried and tested recipes let me know. At this stage I am not even considering a juice fast/feast but I would like to get my nutrients down my neck and this seems like a fun way to do it. Let me know!