Bits & Bobs from the Weekend

I’ve recovered almost fully from the Boden party. An early night on Friday really helped though it meant I missed a fab night out in Belfast but I was out with the hubby Saturday night so I knew I couldn’t do three in a row…is that an age 40 thing? Should I just resign myself to one night a week now?
Anyway, I had a few wee shots to share from the weekend that I thought you’d enjoy. First up, I managed to have a peek in Primark on Saturday and saw a couple of cute jackets. The first one is grey tweed style with the sleeves made from a slightly different tweed – quite quirky for Primark. It really was a lovely quality and a generous fit. I tried on the 12 but it was too big…usually in Primark, I’m a 12 or 14! It was priced at £23 and perfect if you’re looking for a casual autumn jacket that will match everything.
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I also loved this contrast sleeve leopard print jacket. The quality of the leopard part was excellent…the sleeves were a bit plastic feeling but actually didn’t look bad. It’s £25 but they didn’t have my size to try on.
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Didn’t buy a jacket in the end – just this cream control vest. Don’t know about anyone else but I really struggle to find a lovely cream vest to wear under sheer tops that has wide straps to hide bra straps. There’s nothing worse than seeing two sets of straps under a sheer top – or is that just me?
This top has the added bonus of being extra long in length (good for long torso girls like me) and it has a control effect too! At only £6, it’s a great buy. Didn’t see them in white but they had a black version too.
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After the morning’s activities for the kids (and shopping for me) we headed to Belfast Zoo for the afternoon:
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Zoo outfit comprised my new Daniel Skylark Long Black Boots (current – blog post to follow), Gok skinnies (AW12), a Loft blouse from the US (current) that my sister in law got me on a recent visit there, M&S Denim Jacket (SS12), Sainsbury’s Scarf (SS12) and the Prada Baby.
Then it was back home for a quick change and out to see Woody Allen’s new movie, ‘Blue Jasmine’ and onwards for a curry in an old haunt of ours, the Archana on the Dublin Road. We’d not been since before we got married so it was wonderful to find out it still does a pretty brilliant curry. I wore my Mint Velvet silk top, the same jeans as above and my M&S leopard pumps…
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One last thing that pleased me greatly on Saturday – my Boden Off Duty Merino Jumper arrived! It will get a blog of it’s own – it’s that good!
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But here’s a last reminder on the Boden code. If you want 20% off this week, drop me an email to [email protected] My code is only valid for another week or so.

Hope you’ve had and are still having a lovely weekend. 


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  1. Jane G Reply

    Some great finds Avril & I really love your Mint Velvet blouse, it’s simply stunning. Have a great Sunday too x
    My Midlife Fashion

  2. I didn’t see that tweed jacket…. I must look out for it when I am in Penneys next:) Have a lovely Sunday Avril!
    ~Anne xx

  3. PoppysStyle Reply

    The weather looks gorgeous! So tempted by the Off Duty jumper – but have blown my 2013 and 2014 budget this month already lol! xx

  4. Sharon S Reply

    Hi there! Love both the Primark jacekts, they really seem to be doing nicer things as each season goes by! Your Mint Velvet blouse is gorgeous and I’m loving those black boots too! Have a great week ahead xx

  5. Caroline McMenamin Reply

    I love the tweed jacket on you with those boots, you rock it. That leopard jacket <3 x

  6. Michelle Lee Reply

    The tweed Primark jacket is just gorgeous on you…I love it! You look stunning for your night out too x

  7. The Flaky Fashionista Reply

    Love the boots and intrigued by the jacket … like Anne, I think I’ll be heading into Penneys also for a a closer look. And yeah … as someone who is older (but not necessarily wiser), I can confirm that once you hit 40, two nights on the trot is just not possible. Two separate nights in one week is still VERY do-able though:)

  8. GlamRosie Reply

    Really like that Mint Velvet top, all my favourite components; high neck, silk, a pattern and a cream/white colour. Gorgeous find x

  9. Oh gosh – I’m out about one night every two months. I’m officially past it.

    And I love seeing you take your Prada baby out and about. Better than saving it for best only.

  10. CousCousandCorkWedges Reply

    I think you always look so lovely in a cream top, jeans & the M&S leopard shoes! I haven’t worn mine nearly as much as I’d of liked! I hope we get a few dry days so I can get them out! Can you believe I haven’t been to Primark since I got back?!! Ax

  11. silver brogues Reply

    The tweed jacket from Primark is beautiful! And I love your Mint Velvet top:)