Cold Weather Eclectic: Tweed, Pinstripes, Animal Print and Oxfords

Happy Tuesday everyone! It is officially Autumn and it is time to start enjoying colder weather styling.  There are so many styles, fabrics and prints that come into their own this season and there is nothing more satisfying than wearing them all together.  I like to call this mix ‘cold weather eclectic’ and I am a dedicated fan!

Tweed check coats are ‘the coat trend’ this season and I have already seen more of them that I like then I can count on both hands.  This beautiful grey based tweed is a supermarket buy and Tu at Sainsburys have produced a winner once again. A pair of blue pinstripe trousers will last you all winter and at £12.99 –  these will not break the bank either.  I love the asymmetric frill hemline of this animal print blouse from Matalan and I can see myself wearing it often in the months to come.  I have paired this outfit with my beautiful oxblood oxfords that are achingly stylish and embody my style perfectly. A little crossbody purse and pearl earrings complete this eclectic look and I love how they all look together while being uber comfortable and easy to wear.

I hope you enjoy this look book and have a great week ahead.  As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.  A big shout out to my photographer @camera.and.i  – I love the fall pictures in St. James Park.

Clothes and accessories:

Coat – Tu Clothing Sainsbury’s

Pinstripe trousers – H&M

Animal Print Blouse – Matalan

Shoes – Massimo Dutti (Similar) 

Bag – Modalu 


Summer Dressing: Denim Tie Dye Culottes With a One-Shoulder Top

Summer in London is always a rollercoaster full of twists and turns. The one important fashion lesson that I have learned after living here for many years is that if you have a beautiful piece of winter clothing and want to save it for a special occasion – by all means do it! There will be plenty of crisp cold (or rainy) days when your new pink coat will provide the perfect pop of colour, as you strut down the road in your new boots. However, if you have a beautiful piece of summery clothing – never save it in anticipation of that perfect summer day! Every day of blue skies and warm weather is a gift and there is no assurance of when the weather Gods may decide to play with a new weather pattern. Wear summer clothes as soon as you buy them or you may find them next year with the tags still on, buried under your now frequently used pink coat.

Tie dye is a pattern that I associate with summer clothing and I absolutely love these relaxed culottes with a lovely tie dye pattern at the bottom. I enjoyed pairing them with this pretty one-shoulder top and my pink wedges on a lovely sunny day just gone. I am glad I wore them when I did, as according to the weather forecast it does not look like they will be worn again any time soon.

Have a great rest of the week and thank you so much for visiting Isha’s Verdict.

Clothes and accessories:

Wide-leg culottes – Sainsburys (on sale)

One-shoulder Top – Warehouse (on sale)

Wedge sandals – Gucci

Clutchbag – Henri Bendel


Supermarket Fashion: Gingham Skinny Trousers With Ethnic Silver Jewellery

A few weeks ago my younger child came to me with a grave face and in a serious voice said, “Mummy we need to have a chat.  My reputation at school is suffering because I don’t have something everyone else does!” Of course, he had my immediate attention as multiple thoughts raced through my mind simultaneously; What was he talking about? Why did he look so serious? Why and what was this ‘reputation’ he was referring to?

“What’s going on honey?” I said in my best ‘concerned and empathetic mummy’ voice. “Have you heard of a ‘fidget spinner’ Mummy?” he asked.  I confirmed that I had not.  “Well everyone at school has one except me Mummy – this tragedy cannot continue!” “Oh”, said I, mentally noting the effective use of his ‘wordbank’ vocabulary words.  “What is a ‘fidget spinner’?” I asked cautiously.  “It’s a toy that you can spin and do tricks with and apparently it is only £1 at the pound shop according to my friend”, he replied definitely.  “Well, if this £1 toy is going to salvage your reputation from being tarnished, then I must get it for you tomorrow.”  “Thanks Mummy – that would be most appreciated”, he said as he walked off triumphantly.

My son has learned at a young age that presenting requests with a bit of humour and dramatic flair will greatly increase his chances of encountering a receptive and obliging Mummy. I had a good giggle at his cheeky approach but it was also a reminder of being young and wanting something that all your friends had but you did not. I remember when ‘poison rings’ were the accessory of choice to have in your silver jewellery collection and everyone seemed to have one except me.  I wanted one so desperately but could not find one at any of the shops I went to.  I remember finally finding one and being so excited to wear it the next day. I am surprised that I still have it and have not lost it after all these years (my ability to retain items can be a bit lousy).  I still enjoy wearing this ring and hopefully I can hold on to it for many years to come.

I have been looking for a pair of gingham skinnies and I found this fantastic pair at Tesco. I have paired them with a white shirt and a black leather jacket for a simple and effective monochrome look.  Additionally, I have accessorised the outfit with silver jewellery including my chunky silver pendant in white and black beads to add a touch of the unexpected.

I hope you enjoy this look and have a great week ahead.  Thank you so much for reading my blog.  FYI: I did not find a £1 fidget spinner at any shop – it was more in the region of £4 so it would seem that my son has also learned that requests that come in at the cheap end of the spectrum are more likely to be attended to!

(Clothes and Accessories: Top – Marks and Spencer, Trousers – Tesco F&F, Leather Jacket – Marks and Spencer (Similar), Clutch – Modalu)

Supermarket Fashion: Boho Style Embroidered Top With Brogues

It’s that time again – the new harvest crop of summer clothes has arrived in the supermarkets. I have professed my love for supermarket fashion in previous posts and it seems to go from strength to strength each time I pop in to do a shop. Nothing says spring/summer more than boho-inspired clothing on the rails and when I spotted this pretty top at Sainsbury’s, I knew that I had that last bit of space in my trolley for it (OK fine, I admit I visit the clothes section before the food section).

On a different note, I have always enjoyed combining styles that may not be paired together from a conventional fashion point of view.  With this outfit, I think my feminine, pretty top works exceedingly well with my solid, manly black brogues in a ‘fusion fabulous’ sort of way.  I love the frill detail on this denim jacket – it adds a transformational twist to a box standard denim garment that elevates its overall appearance. Last but not least, some chunky silver jewellery is always a great addition to boho inspired styling.

I hope you enjoy this lookbook and thank you so much for visiting my blog.

(Clothes and accessories: Top – Tu Clothing (Sainsbury’s), Trousers – H&M, Brogues – Kurt Geiger, Denim Handbag – Christopher Kon, Jacket – ASOS)


Supermarket Fashion: Strolling In Wide Legged Trousers

Happy Bank Holiday Monday everyone! Holidays are exciting in themselves, but I find that holidays where no adventures are planned can be very relaxing. There is something spectacularly special in being allowed to run weekend chores at a relaxed pace versus the military precision required on a normal weekend to cart adults and children around to various classes and activities. Add to this some sunshine, barbecues and morning lie-ins and one is reminded of the simple pleasures of life.

Long weekends usually involve trips to the supermarket and of course an opportunity to purchase some lovely supermarket fashion. I have mentioned my love for supermarket fashion in  previous posts (Supermarket Fashion: Bread, Milk and Clothes and Supermarket Leather Jacket: Shopping In My Closet ), and it is wonderful to go after a few weeks and see new arrivals hanging on the shelves. These pair of wide legged trousers are my latest purchase from Sainsburys and so comfortable to wear. I have teamed them with my sleeveless coat which I find are great garments for the transitional weather during this time of the year . With it, I  am carrying a quirky cloth tote that my best friend gave me over a decade ago and always reminds me of her when I use it.

As an aside, some of you may have noticed a bottle of Captain Morgan sticking out of my bag in one of the pictures. Fear not, I have not become a ‘carrying alcohol in my bag kind of lady’ yet – my mother-in-law had given me a home made ‘cough be gone concoction’ a little while before the picture was taken and fearing that the bottle may break, I had slipped it into my bag.

Have a fabulous holiday Monday and as always, thank you for reading!

(Clothes and Accessories: Trousers – Sainsbury Tu, Top – French Connection, Coat – Marks and Spencer, Watch – Apple, Sunglasses – Kate Spade)

Supermarket Leather Jacket: Shopping In My Closet

Happy Friday everyone. It is often easy to focus on buying new clothes but I find shopping in my closet can be equally satisfying. While shopping in my closet, I always end up finding something that I have either forgotten about or my inability to pair it with anything has resulted in the item being relegated to the back rails. Well with a new year comes new inspiration, so every once in a while the  forgotten and rejected are given a whole new chance to impress me! Yesterday, I wore this dress from Zara which is a few years old with this jacket that I bought from Tesco over five years ago. I have never worn these two items together before but I loved the result! Have a great weekend and thanks for reading.

(Clothes and Accessories: Dress – Zara, Leather Jacket – Tesco (F and F Clothing), Leggings – Primark, Boots – Cole Haan, Handbag – Magnus Sisters)

Supermarket Fashion: Bread, Milk and Clothes

When I first moved from Los Angeles to London in 2001, there were so many novel experiences that greeted me in England! One of these was the amazing discovery  that many major supermarkets had huge clothing sections and sold a wide variety of clothes. This is was a concept that I had never encountered before and I was instantly hooked! Suddenly, I didn’t mind doing grocery shopping – I was happy to fill my trolley and then mosey on down to the clothes section and spend 15 minutes getting my fashion fix!  I discovered that the fashion offerings at supermarkets were varied, fashion-forward and great value for money. Now, I am definitely one of those people who will always make time for the clothing section at the supermarket.  I bought this yellow/ochre cardigan at Sainsbury’s; I loved the colour, the fringe and the length! It lifted my spirits on a rainy day and I left the store with a big smile on my face. I would love to hear your opinion on supermarket fashion!

(Clothes and Accessories: Cardigan – Sainsbury, Dress – Zara, Boots – Franco Sarto, Sunglasses – Dior)