I managed to find a few hours to have a look around the local shops, so I joined up with a cousin to share a girlie morning out.
Between-season shopping is always a challenge and I don't particularly enjoying the shopping process anyway, so that just adds another challenge to the mix.
'Aver, I went with some specific needs - a second pair of shoes I could wear during this holiday and a pair of jeans, as I discovered on arrival that the ones I have here have a tear in ripening fabric, so repairing isn't an option. And I don't do grunge so these, and all the jeans with rips and worn-out bits on sale all over the place, just aren't for me. That reduces my choice considerably!
Hey, why don't I share my girlie day with you too, virtually ...
I was looking for some pretty basic items - shoes, jeans. I started off well with the shoes.
At M&S I found some dressy black suede ankle bootees with a dinky heel, just £11 in their sale and so off-radar that they've disappeared off the website. I'll photograph them soon.
And I found these.
M&S Chelsea Boots.
Now. these little babies are going to be good for clomping around the touristy places!
And then these
Not in the sale as they are this season. A nice nudey colour.
I know I'll wear these a lot. But when it's warmer.
(Sorry about the small photo, they come off the website that way - the links give a bigger shot)
Jeans were also On-List.
I found some in Next.
And the must-have M&S black jeggings.
These can be worn with just about everything on my Richter scale !
I was definitely keeping On-List, so far.
Then I went a bit Off-List.
A nice dressy top that can also look good with black jeggings, or 7/8 white or chino jeans.
But with a cardi, of course - you don't want to see my arms, do you?!
I love 7/8 chinos from M&S. I bought some a couple of years ago, they are so versatile and thus have had so much summer-time use that they are looking a little weary (read tatty!). I am so pleased they are still in their range this year. Thank you, M&S.
Here's a shot of how they looked in better times.
Nicely casual with a Next modal top and Ecco sandals. And short hair!
It's a bit too cold to think of wearing these trousers yet - they need bare feet! Brrrr.
Oh then it just got messy! Into the bag went M&S bubble button cardis (love 'em) and a black/white cardi-jacket thing from Next - a Good Transitional Piece, as those stylish people say.
So what does every girl need after a morning like that? A cappuccino. But sorry, I can't share that with you, virtually.
Or, maybe I can ...
OK, it's an old photo, but the please enter into the spirit of this virtual coffee-drinking malarkey!
On reflection, I went so Off-List, but I did find the core items I shopped for too - so, all good!
I have to dash now, I'm off for a massive trying-on session. Maybe some items will be returned, and maybe, just maybe, some will be appearing on a blog near you very soon :-).
A la perchoine.